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Is DofE actually useful? ୨୧

Hi! My name is Yuna & this is my first post here! I'm in S4/Y10.

Last year I participated in DofE Bronze, which was offered to me and a few other students by our school. If I'm being honest, I really hated everything about it, but especially the expedition. At the time, I also signed up to do the Silver award, but I have no desire whatsoever to do it anymore. I was told that many employers and universities care about & look out for DofE on your CV/personal statements, which is my only motive behind me taking it in the first place. But is it true? In short, If I decide to quit DofE, will it make a huge difference to my future? And what other things can I do to make my CV stand out? (volunteering, etc).

Any advice or replies are appreciated, thank you!
Basically from what I've heard DofE is completely useless- maybe if you do gold you could have transferrable skills but to be honest I don't think anyone really cares about it. Volunteering is much better, especially if you hated DofE there is literally no point. It probably won't make a difference unless you want to be a DofE instructor. You could also do online courses which are good, or do something at home related to your future goals. Hope this helps :smile:
Original post by yunaverse
Hi! My name is Yuna & this is my first post here! I'm in S4/Y10.
Last year I participated in DofE Bronze, which was offered to me and a few other students by our school. If I'm being honest, I really hated everything about it, but especially the expedition. At the time, I also signed up to do the Silver award, but I have no desire whatsoever to do it anymore. I was told that many employers and universities care about & look out for DofE on your CV/personal statements, which is my only motive behind me taking it in the first place. But is it true? In short, If I decide to quit DofE, will it make a huge difference to my future? And what other things can I do to make my CV stand out? (volunteering, etc).
Any advice or replies are appreciated, thank you!

Any volunteering/job roles that you can talk about and show where you demonstrated ideal skills will always be useful on an interview for any job

Charity shops and libraries are always looking for volunteers so maybe you could try asking them if you are interested.

You say you are in year 10 which I assume means you're 14/15 and if so;

Well done for thinking about your CV so early this will really help your future
Some places may only accept 16 year olds this may be true but it is probably still worth asking as many places don't really care as long as you're not really really young.

Good luck!
Original post by yunaverse
Hi! My name is Yuna & this is my first post here! I'm in S4/Y10.
Last year I participated in DofE Bronze, which was offered to me and a few other students by our school. If I'm being honest, I really hated everything about it, but especially the expedition. At the time, I also signed up to do the Silver award, but I have no desire whatsoever to do it anymore. I was told that many employers and universities care about & look out for DofE on your CV/personal statements, which is my only motive behind me taking it in the first place. But is it true? In short, If I decide to quit DofE, will it make a huge difference to my future? And what other things can I do to make my CV stand out? (volunteering, etc).
Any advice or replies are appreciated, thank you!

i did bronze and silver DOFE and absolutely loved the expedition and volunteering; but i did it more for the fun aspect, without it it will not reflect badly onto you, as most employers dont care too much, its more of a cv filler!
there is no point in doing it if you do not enjoy it, instead with your spare time learn more applicable things that you will enjoy, such as looking for a job or volunteering somewhere you would enjoy, as the work experience will look better on your CV than DOFE, and you may feel happier doing!
Original post by yunaverse
Hi! My name is Yuna & this is my first post here! I'm in S4/Y10.
Last year I participated in DofE Bronze, which was offered to me and a few other students by our school. If I'm being honest, I really hated everything about it, but especially the expedition. At the time, I also signed up to do the Silver award, but I have no desire whatsoever to do it anymore. I was told that many employers and universities care about & look out for DofE on your CV/personal statements, which is my only motive behind me taking it in the first place. But is it true? In short, If I decide to quit DofE, will it make a huge difference to my future? And what other things can I do to make my CV stand out? (volunteering, etc).
Any advice or replies are appreciated, thank you!

hey!

i will be completely honest with you. DofE is pretty useless. it doesn't really help with university applications at all since universities here don't really consider extra curricular activities that much. you can add this onto UCAS when you make your UCAS profile but it doesn't significantly impact your application in anyway. doing DofE won’t make your university application more appealing and since DofE is quite common these days, it won’t stand out in university applications. university applications are more based on academics and your personal statement.

it might be nice to add to your CV since it will show how you've engaged in activities beyond work and academics. with DofE you would have to volunteer. volunteering does look quite good on CVs, since it shows you have some real work experience which can impress employers. so i think DofE has some benefit.

if you didn't enjoy DofE, don't force yourself to do it! it doesn't have a major impact and there are many other ways of enhancing your CV when it comes to extra curricular activities etc. for CVs, work experience is much better. for example, i had worked at a pharmacy which gave me real exposure to work life by interacting with the public, doing everyday activities in the pharmacy etc. therefore, i would definitely recommend trying to find some volunteering job to do. DofE is something that everybody does. therefore, if you have additional volunteering/work experience, this will be more unique and probably more appealing to future employees!

a lot of people do DofE for personal growth and for the experience. it really depends on the individual. if you really don't want to do it, don't. however, if it is something that interests you, you can do the expedition for a bit of fun i suppose!

hope this helps <3
(edited 1 month ago)
Hey,
I’m doing dofe gold and I’ve done bronze before. Dofe is a very fun experience. It also shows you are committed to activities, care about community, are good at working in a team, good at communication and problem solving, planning and budgeting, the list goes on. These are all prize qualities for universities!

Sure, some may argue that it’s useless because unis don’t take it into account, but honestly, they don’t lower grades for many things, including EPQ.

If you really want to do it and have the time, do it! I highly doubt you’ll regret it if you do.
Yooo I did bronze and silver dofe
I cant lie to you it didn’t really do much for me 😭😭 but tbf if you’re writing applications to some schools it looks good I think, I used it in my sixth form applications. You shouldn’t force yourself to do dofe if you don’t want to!! Many people from my year just did bronze, and quitting won’t make a big difference!

My silver ended up being better than my bronze because our old group was split up bc we couldn’t navigate at all 😂 but the experiences were precious, many people did dofe for the experience!!

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