Mr Chittock- Pastoral Leader Year 11
November 29, 2017
On Wednesday 22 November Year 11 students came into school to a completely different experience. Students were asked to wear business clothing and had a day of activities focussed on the skills and qualities needed to succeed in the workplace and how to find and apply for a job, including CV preparation and mock interviews.
Students spent their first two-hour session learning how to make a good first impression, how to present themselves at an interview and what to include in their Curriculum Vitae. Most students had already completed their CV, lots of suggestions were made and this was the part of the day that all students said they benefitted from.
The second part of the day was the practical mock interview, these were undertaken by guests invited from a wide range of businesses in the local community, including council representatives, banks and other Large businesses. Students were extremely nervous about this but, with the training that they had received in the morning, they excelled in the interview process. The feedback from the business guests was that our students were impeccably dressed, mature, interesting, articulate, confident and full of excellent questions. Many of the guests said they would hire them based on their interview.
The students have now been involved in a range of enterprise and employability activities designed to promote their awareness of the world of work, and help prepare our students in securing; in the first instance college and university places followed by employment enabling them to make the most of changing opportunities in education and the labour market.
In addition, the day was about encouraging our students to be enterprising, to make them think about their own qualities, taking reasonable risks to gain the necessary drive to make ideas happen and see tasks through to completion.
The day was a great success and will give out students a huge advantage when going forward into their first real interview experience.
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