Blog | Scouting your way to your dream job
When you’re hanging out with friends, it’s easy to chat confidently about all the amazing things you do in Scouts, but talking about yourself in a job interview can be a little more nerve-wracking. Whether you’re interviewing for a job or listing skills on your CV, make your Scouting skills and experience shine.
Many of the skills most valued by employers are the very same skills that Scouting develops, things like confidence, resilience and teamwork. But not everyone knows what Scouting can do. In order to show that you would be an asset to any team, here are some tips to translating your Scouting skills into a language employers want to hear.
What you’d say to your friends vs. what you should say to an employer
I’ve been in Scouts ever since Beavers.
I joined The Scout Association when I was just six years old. Since then I’ve taken part in weekly meetings and numerous expeditions and community projects. Through this experience, I’ve seen how the success of an organisation relies on the commitment and integrity of its members. Commitment is something I really value.
I did my QSA and DofE Gold. The expedition was awesome!
As part of Scouting, I completed top awards including the Queen’s Scout Award – the highest award in Scouting – and my Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award. To achieve this, I demonstrated determination and commitment to developing a skill over six months, and a physical activity over 12. While working towards these awards I developed resilience, teamwork and organisational skills and these were put to the test during a four-day expedition kayaking in the South of France.
I did the Young Leaders' Scheme too. It was super helpful.
Before becoming a Section Leader with the Scouts, I was a Young Leader in the Scout section. This really helped me to get a head-start, learning about different learning styles, adapting plans and leading activities.
Now I volunteer as a Scout Leader with the Scout section, I love it.
In order to become a volunteer at the Scouts I successfully completed some valuable adult training modules. As a volunteer I work in a team to plan programmes and events, and to ensure the safety of the young people I’m responsible for.
The role requires commitment, responsibility, adaptability and strong time management skills, and through it all I’ve developed leadership and interpersonal skills that have positively influenced other areas of my life. I hope to bring these same skills to my position in any organisation I find myself in.
My Scouts told me that this year’s camp was their best yet!
As a Scout Leader I ran residential experiences for young people and, having received a permit that identified me as a reliable and trustworthy character, I organised and supervised camps for young people to ensure their safety and wellbeing.
The funniest thing happened while my Scouts were playing Hungry Hippos last night.
To organise and supervise Scouting activities I’m careful to always do appropriate risk assessments, to identify potential risks and work out ways to minimise these risks. I manage a risk log where I assess and record risks and use my initiative to make tricky decisions and solve problems.
Kandersteg was amazing, but yeah, we raised loads of money first.
Along with a team of other intrepid young people, I raised substantial funds for an expedition to Switzerland. It required calculating budgets and financial plans, and organising and coordinating events.
This year’s Jamboree was amazing!
As a Scout leader I attended large-scale global events and worked with young leaders from all over the world. It not only provided an opportunity to develop fundraising, teamwork, confidence, communication and presentation skills but also gave me the chance to learn from people from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
For further inspiration and ideas on how to present your Scouting skills in the best light, take a look at these resources on Scouting and your career.