Blog | Scouting and employability
This week is National Careers Week, which aims to encourage young people to think about their future career, make the most of the opportunities to develop skills, and gain experience in their chosen field.
Scouting can be enormously helpful for boosting employability, particularly for young people of Explorer and Network age. Many of the skills for life that Scouting can teach will be useful in countless scenarios in the future: from speaking confidently in a job interview, to helping manage a team to deliver a project. Other skills Scouting can teach are practical - like earning an adventurous activity permit.
Completing awards, like the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, also teaches you important skills, helps to make your CV look more impressive and gives you great experiences along the way.
There are plenty of ways that Scouting and employability go hand-in-hand for both adults and young people.
Get Ahead resource
From talking about a time when you worked in a team, to earning a leadership qualification that shows discipline, organisation and other practical skills, mentioning Scouting in applications and job interviews can set you apart from other candidates.
Research commissioned by The Scout Association in 2014, and gathered by think-tank Demos, found that 41% of employers would think more positively of a candidate if they had Scouting on their CV, and 60% said they thought a candidate who was involved in Scouting would work well in a team.
The Get Ahead resource breaks down some of the responsibilities members of Scouting have, and offers concrete examples to help you talk about the skills you may have developed. For example, Young Leaders can use examples of running activities, helping on camp or sorting disagreements between young people to talk about leadership, communication, interpersonal skills and far more.
The Young Leaders’ Scheme offers young people aged 14-18 the chance to develop leadership skills within a Scouting setting. It can help young people to grow as individuals by increasing their confidence and ability in public speaking, improving their organisational and time management skills, and giving them many opportunities to take the lead in games and activities.
Young Leaders undergo training and development, and will receive their award once they have demonstrated all the necessary skills. This commitment to achieving an award shows dedication, and can prove to future employers that they are worthy of their investment.
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) operate the application process for higher education institutes in the UK. In addition to school performance, extra-curricular activities can count favourably towards a university application.
The Explorer Belt, Young Leaders’ Scheme, Queen’s Scout Award, Scouts of the World Award and Adult Leadership Qualification are all recognised by UCAS for their merit, as they can teach broad skills that improve employability.
Mentioning these achievements on a university application will not add tariff points (as formal qualifications like A levels will), but will boost the strength of the application in other ways by showing a well-rounded candidate with plenty of experience.
And, of course, once you've got to uni, there may be some sitatutions in which your Scouting skills come in handy - especially when constructing fancy dress during Fresher's Week!
Are you currently applying to university? You could win your first year of tuition completely paid for by WhatUni. Find out more about the special Scout Scholarship and apply online.