The Mount Hutt College Careers Department held their annual Careers Seminar on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 April. The seminar provided the opportunity for Year 12 students to upgrade their curriculum vitaes and learn interview skills to help them transition from secondary school to their next step in life, either employment or further study.
Prior to the seminar students indicated the industry they were interested in and as much as possible we tried to match our volunteer interviewers with their areas of interest. This made the interview experience as realistic as possible. However, we experienced a few ‘glitches’ in that some people who volunteered to be interviewers and students were not able to come due to omicron making its presence felt in the community. Those volunteers' willingness to support us is greatly appreciated.
On Thursday the students were given a job application scenario, based on a real job opportunity, (matched somewhat to their areas of interest) that they then worked on “targeting” their CV to. They had to plan their dress to be appropriate for a “formal” interview in that industry. This was then followed by a presentation by Shirlene Cochrane (Effective Leadership and Staff Management Consultant) from Geraldine on how to do your best in an interview.
On Friday students had their formal interview with volunteers from local industries. All students were very thankful to have had this opportunity and to get valuable feedback that will help them when the ‘real’ interview comes around. Our thanks to Judy Skevington, Christine Muff, Dellwyn Moylan, Chris Barnes (Diesel Tech), Angela Grieve, Todd Holmes (Jackson Holmes), Natalia Benquet (Dairy Holdings), Carl McHugh and Ethan Roberts (both from Mt Hutt ski area) for giving up their time and giving such positive feedback to our students. It was greatly appreciated.