At the beginning of March the careers department organised a mock interview day for U6 students in Miss Case’s tutor group who are looking for full time employment next year.
This was an opportunity for students to face the rigours of a real job interview conducted by representatives from a range of local and national employers
Students had to choose a post from a field of three and then fill out an application. They then had to deliver a presentation selling themselves and their skills and finally, face an interview from a panel of employers. They were also filmed throughout the process so they could watch their interview and analyse their performance.
The employers Involved were: The Marriot Hotel, The Army and RAF, Leeds Trinity University, Leeds Met, Bradford University, Office Angels, Yorkshire Bank and Leeds City College.
This experience gave the students a chance to develop some key skills required for gaining employment such as how to prepare, how to dress for the occasion and how to adopt an appropriately professional approach.
The event was a great success with one student Cavan Loftus being head hunted by Yorkshire Bank. All the employers are keen to get involved with this event next year and are also planning to attend the careers fair held in college on March 26th. Leeds City Council are going to come back and talk to students about School Leaver Programmes and Yorkshire Bank want to get involved in Enterprise events and have invited students to visit and look around their offices.
Employers described the event as ‘really enjoyable and extremely worthwhile’ and were impressed with our, ‘very professional and well organised students’. They were also impressed by the support from Notre Dame with helping student develop their employability skills. One commented “I felt this was really valuable and beneficial experience for students”.
Anna Geldart, Notre Dame’s Careers officer said “The event has been organised to help students prepare better for the world of work. Competition is fierce for employment and apprenticeships and for some students this is the first time they have had to complete a job application and have a panel interview. All employers involved were extremely impressed by the professionalism of the students involved and high standard of the answers given. Well done to all the students involved and a huge thank you to all the employers for giving up their time to support Notre Dame. We are already looking forward to next year’s event!”