The Skills section is all about developing practical and social skills and personal interests. By choosing to develop a particular skill you are not only developing a new talent but you will also boost your self esteem, develop practical and social skills and learn how to set and rise to a challenge. If this isn't enough, it should also be good fun too!
From podcasting to playing a musical instrument, fine art to website design, there's an endless list of the types of skills you can do, so have a chat with your Leader and other people in your community to find out what’s on offer!
Opera superstar Katherine Jenkins achieved her Silver Award - and unsuprisingly did singing for her Skills section, studying for her Associated Board of Music Singing Exams - getting a higher grade for her Silver than Bronze. She said:
"If you love something - work hard, be focused and discplined and then you will be ready for when the right opportunity comes your way. My personal motto is 'it's never crowded on the extra mile' - I am so grateful I had the opportunity to do my DofE at school."
What do you need to do next?
- Find out what you need to do in detail, including the process and timescales, on our Skills requirements page
- Check out the ideas in each of the skills categories of activity using the links on the right (remember - you need to get your Leader to agree your choice and make sure it fits our requirements for the Skills section)
- Download a handy Skills section programme planner on the right hand side
- Download a list of skills ideas on the right hand side
- Develop a plan for a programme which is specific and relevant to you
- Once you've got your activity, Assessor and goals sorted, set up your plan in eDofE, get your Leader to approve them - and you're good to go!
Good luck and have fun!
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