Life After The Award

The journey is done and the Award achieved. So what’s next?

Unlike other awards and honors, one does not "win" with The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, it must be earned. An important difference. The Award is an incredible opportunity to improve skills and discover new experiences. The benefits of the journey participants take to complete their Award stays with them long after they have received their certificate.

Did you know?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Canada also helps participants stand out on college applications and job resumes. For participants to say that they have earned an Award demonstrates that they are well-rounded, adaptable, and committed. The experiences gained and skills learned become increasingly evident, and the pin they receive upon completing their Award is a true testament of their commitment of serving others.



Award holders

Almost 40* percent of employers say a lack of skills is the main reason for entry-level vacancies. Participation in the Award provides you with the skills employers are looking for. 

The life skills taught through this programme give a head-start to any young person about to leave school to enter the world of work.Onika Stellinburgh, Gold Award holder, Guyana

Did you know? 

The Award gives you international accreditation for your experiences. Make sure employers know about the skills and experiences you've developed through your Award programme. 

Add the Award to your CV and LinkedIn profile

Adding your Award to your CV and LinkedIn profile will enable you to stand out from the crowd. Including the skills you have developed outside of the classroom will demonstrate to employers that you have the qualities they require. 

Share your Award experiences with employers in interviews

Use your Award experiences to demonstrate to employers how you learnt key skills. For example, you most likely developed team working, communication and leadership skills on your Adventurous Journey. You probably improved your patience during your Skill section; taking time to learn something new requires dedication, and you may have even surprised yourself with your ability to problem solve whilst carrying out your Service. It’s skills and experiences like these that employers are keen to hear about, so remember to tell them when they ask for examples of how you demonstrate each of these skills and attributes. 

*40 per cent of employers say a lack of skills is the main reason for entry-level vacancies – Source Mourshed, M., Farrell, D., & Barton, D. (2012). Education to Employment: Designing a System that Works. (n.p.): McKinsey Center for Government​

Stay in touch

Being part of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Canada Alumni is something to be proud of. We encourage people to join and be part of our online communities.

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We are currently in the process of developing the Canadian National Alumni Program!  As we begin to develop this program, we encourage you to connect with your Alumni in your local community. Check out our Alumni page for more information and to see if there is a local Alumni program in your province and to stay up to date with the national alumni initiative.