Students Prepare for Their Next Step

October 19, 2016

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Year 11 students took part in one-to-one interviews last week in preparation for the next chapter of their journey.

Organisations such as Babcock, Vospers, Army, Navy, Police, Plymouth Argyle, Bailey Partnership and the Peninsular Medical School sent representatives to Hele’s School to give the students the opportunity to experience a ‘real’ interview.

Students were asked to prepare a CV and also wear clothes that they would wear to an interview instead of their normal school uniform.

The interviewers commented how professional and prepared the students were and gave each one personal feedback.

Ryan Yeoman, who represented Plymouth Arygle at the event, is also an ex-student of Hele’s so staff were very pleased to welcome him back. Ryan left the school in 2009 and was lucky to secure a place on the Plymouth Argyle Education Programme studying BTEC. He was then offered the position of Community Cohesion Officer at the local football club.

Another Employer in attendance, Craig Ainslie from the RAF, commented on the professionalism with which the interviews were run: “Hele’s students had a refreshingly mature attitude to careers and future pathways. The staff and students were friendly and welcoming; it was an absolute pleasure to meet such well-prepared students. The employability and careers programme at Hele’s is the best I have seen in Plymouth and the Cornwall area – outstanding!

Miss Mason, was delighted with the 2-day event. “I am so grateful to the many Employers for supporting this event and being so giving of their time and expertise. The feedback that individuals have had has been remarkable, and will undoubtedly help to shape the way our young people approach the application and interview process in the future.

To see the way that our students have really embraced this experience has been overwhelming. The care, attention and thought they have put into preparing for the interview in relation to building a CV and anticipating questions has been a joy to behold. For many students, this experience has added extra weight to their determination to succeed in GCSEs in August so they can access the career of their choosing in the future. One of our Year 11 girls with an aspiration to be a doctor, for example, is thrilled that she interviewed so well that she has been offered a work experience placement at the Peninsular Medical School.

There was understandably some tension in the waiting room prior to interviews, but coaching around interview technique, presentation and communication skills, as well as how to manage anxiety, certainly helped to settle the nerves. I am so proud of all our Year 11 students for the way they conducted themselves throughout this process; they are exceptional ambassadors for Hele’s School.”

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