Impressive interviewees

By Benalla Ensign

More than 70 Benalla P-12 College students recently completed mock job interviews as part of a Year 9 intensive careers program.

Students dressed to impress and answered questions related to a selected part-time job application.

They also had the opportunity to show panel members their achievement portfolio, which included a current resume, career-action plan, goal-setting activities and career research.

Evidence of achievement in their portfolios comprised of certificates, schoolwork samples, photos and newspaper articles.

NE Tracks LLEN executive officer Danny O’Donoghue said the Year 9 interviewees were a fantastic group of young people who demonstrated that they had the skills and attributes necessary for entering the world of work.

‘‘There were some quite outstanding young people who I can foresee will play leadership roles in senior school and beyond in the community. I enjoyed the experience immensely,’’ Mr O’Donoghue said.

Careers and pathways coordinator Kellie Cairncross said the students who were interviewed were well presented, thoroughly prepared and conducted themselves in a mature manner.

‘‘They were a credit to the school and their teachers who have worked with them to develop such refined interview techniques at a young age,’’ Ms Cairncross said.

‘‘We loved hearing of their aspirations and talking about their future.

‘‘They should all feel very proud of their achievements.’’

One student said: ‘‘I think I have learnt so much about how to sell myself in an interview. I have learnt you must do lots of preparation to be confident with people who don’t really know you.’’

Benalla P-12 College said they would like to acknowledge the ongoing help from the community members who formed interview panels with teaching staff to make the program meaningful for students.

The program was such a success thanks to many people including Sally Matheson, Deb Paez and Corena Brennan from the Tomorrow Today Foundation, Danny O’Donoghue and Shane Crispin from NE Tracks LLEN, councillor Barbara Alexander from Benalla Rural City Council, together with community volunteers, Sally Sykes and Ann Forster.