Shape Your Future


Share Your Award Experiences With Employers in Interviews

Use your Award experiences to demonstrate to employers how you learned 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 while 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.



Young woman in wheelchair holding a sign

Young woman in wheelchair holding a sign

I have gained experience that has contributed to my career, sometimes in direct ways. In a memorable interview for my current position, I answered with a story from my Award days of 15 years ago when asked about dedication, focusing on my Skill and consistent practice.

Ramya - Bronze, Silver & Gold Achiever

Example Interview Responses

How you can talk about the soft skills you developed through your Award experience.

Volunteering at the soup kitchen through the Award helped me develop my communication skills as I learned to interact with a range of people from all walks of life, from our regular clients to the management team. Through working directly with adults I have also grown in maturity. I would be able to apply this experience to the customer service role, for which good communication skills with all types of customers is essential.

To complete our Award expedition, our team of six had to work together, not just during the testing three days and two nights out in the countryside but also in planning and preparing beforehand and in creating our post-journey presentation. We learned to listen to others’ views and keep each other’s spirits up when needed. I believe that these skills will enable me to adapt quickly and successfully within a workplace team.

For the physical recreation section of my Award, I wanted to improve my running ability; this involved running on my own and as part of a club, week in, week out, whatever the weather. There were times when I wanted to skip a session but I kept up my motivation and persevered. In addition to becoming fitter than I’ve ever been, I also got to represent my school in regional running competitions. My Award experience fuelled my initiative and drive which I believe puts me in a great place to take on the Account Executive role, for which self-motivation is a key requirement. The fact that I have continued running since achieving my Award demonstrates my continued commitment and passion to tasks and challenges I set myself and others set me.

It took me over four years to achieve all three Award levels whilst juggling my academic studies. It taught me that if I commit to something then I should see it through – and the benefits will be far reaching. My Award demonstrates that if I was the successful candidate for the Junior Accountant role I would be 100% committed to the job and each individual task that was given to me.

It rained throughout my three day Award expedition, making it difficult to set up camp and fully testing our waterproof gear. We had to be resilient or we wouldn’t have got through. We took our minds off the rain by singing songs and focusing on the end goal. This experience has helped me deal with setbacks in all elements of life and I believe it will enable me to be resilient and keep focused when managing the inevitable demands and challenges placed on the Events Co-ordinator role.

I developed my leadership skills during the Gold Project of my Award when I helped out at a children’s activity camp. I supported and stood in for the Outside Instructor at various points in the week which involved giving the children direction and ensuring that they carried out the activities correctly. Because of this, taking the lead in the workplace will not faze me and I’m happy to put myself forward when required.

My Award has helped me see how hard work can pay off, not just for myself but for others too. I was always keen to go to my charity shop volunteering because I saw its impact; whilst I developed a range of skills I also supported the charity in raising money for its vital cause, so much so that I have continued to volunteer after achieving my Award. I believe that this positivity is essential to a successful office environment and this is something I can offer due to my Award experience.

Shape your future is an initiative developed with support from the RBC Future Launch program. Support from RBC enables the Award to invest in more resources to help young people in Canada complete their Awards.