Job hunt prep

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Deniliquin High School’s Year 11 students were given a taste of the future at the school’s annual mock interview program last week.

The 47 students were each interviewed by a panel of community members with expertise in their chosen career fields.

They were subjected to a simulated job interview, before being offered feedback by the panellists.

Deniliquin High School teacher and careers adviser Donna Van Lieshout said 48 community members from a wide variety of local professions volunteered to help with the program.

‘‘Not only is the program about improving students’ skills at being interviewed, but they will learn how they react to such a situation which can often be stressful,’’ she said.

‘‘It is also an opportunity to network and puts the students in contact with people in the community who may be able to assist them, mentor them or become a prospective employer.

‘‘We could not run the program without the support of the community members who offer their time to assist these students, including some who have attended every year since it started about 15 years ago.’’

Mrs Van Lieshout said the program is an integral part of the Year 11 Careers Program and is the culmination of classroom learning for semester one.

‘‘The students initially apply for a job that we have listed, or that they have suggested, and then create a resume and cover letter in class,’’ she said.

‘‘We then pair them with local community members that suit the job they are interviewing for and invite the local people to conduct the interview.

‘‘I congratulate students on their manners and professional attire at the interviews, which took place last Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

‘‘All of the students did well on both nights, and I would like to thank everyone involved for their ongoing support to provide this wonderful opportunity to our students,’’ Mrs Van Lieshout said.