In­ter­view pro­gram great for young job seek­ers

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

For the first time in the pro­gram’s his­tory, De­niliquin High School’s mock in­ter­view pro­gram had a full stu­dent turnout this year.

It was held on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day nights this week, with 61 stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in sim­u­lated job in­ter­views with lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity lead­ers tai­lored to their prospec­tive ca­reer fields.

Deni High ca­reers ad­vi­sor Pam Sinha said as well as build­ing con­fi­dence in stu­dents for fu­ture job seek­ing, the mock in­ter­views are a way to show­case and cel­e­brate the range of ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able lo­cally.

‘‘We had lots of new faces from the com­mu­nity take part, and a lot of for­mer De­niliquin High School stu­dents,’’ Ms Sinha said.

‘‘Ev­ery­one was re­ally pos­i­tive about the kids, and the feed­back from the 53 com­mu­nity mem­bers has been great.

‘‘The stu­dents were im­pressed with the pos­i­tive vibe and the feed­back they re­ceived.

‘‘The rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the com­mu­nity was fan­tas­tic, in­clud­ing a po­lice re­cruit­ment panel and po­lice chap­lain Wayne Sheean con­duct­ing in­ter­views for a Ro­tary schol­ar­ship, as he’s also a mem­ber of Ro­tary.

‘‘We also had Neisha Pred­er­gast from the Ex­change Ho­tel take part for the first time. She’s a food tech­nol­o­gist and was part of the panel for hos­pi­tal­ity.

‘‘We had rep­re­sen­ta­tion from Mur­ray Ir­ri­ga­tion Lim­ited and Mur­ray Lo­cal Land Services, which have op­por­tu­ni­ties for tech­ni­cal po­si­tions.’’

The mock in­ter­views started about 15 years ago when Deni High ca­reers ad­vi­sor Donna Van Lieshout first started in the role.

The idea is to pre­pare stu­dents with a job or schol­ar­ship in­ter­view, which in­cludes pre­par­ing a re­sume and fo­cus­ing on their per­sonal pre­sen­ta­tion.

■ De­niliquin High School stu­dent Tiarna Con­dren dur­ing her mock in­ter­view with Sivonne Binks.

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