This term is extremely important for Year 9 students and their parents. A compulsory Year 9 Work Experience Information Evening will be held on Tuesday 14 October starting at 6.30pm in the theatre. The process of work experience placements for 2015 will start on this night.
On 15 October the Year 10 students will experience mock Interviews, with a number of staff and industry representatives as interviewers. Students have had to find a job advertisement, tailor their resume to it, and do a cover letter for that position. They had to print two copies of each. The duplicate copy of each is left with the Future Pathways Department, to be forwarded to the interviewer for their interview preparation. Given the timing of the mock interviews, I thought it was relevant to revisit some ‘interview tips’.
Don’t be scared be prepared! Being prepared helps build your confidence and interview performance, so make time to implement the following:
- Know Yourself
- Know the details of your resume in case you are asked about it.
- Have a brief, compelling overview of yourself in mind; most interviewers open with the line ‘so tell me a bit about yourself’.
- Predict questions and verbally rehearse responses. Know your strengths and weaknesses, and how you have learnt from previous mistakes. (People who claim not to have flaws are generally not considered for the position).
- Always choose professional attire for an interview.
2. Know the Company
- Research the company and know what they do. Have a big picture understanding of what’s currently happening in the industry.
- Know the responsibilities and requirements of the job description and how you meet each criterion.
- Find out the names of people you are meeting where possible, so you can ask for them and greet them by name.
- Have questions prepared to ask the interviewer – it shows you are genuinely interested in working with the company.
- Be Prepared
- Remember to take a copy of your resume and cover letter, the job advertisement you desire. That way you can smile with confidence. Avoid chewing gum.
- Practice standing with good posture, practice your handshake, and your thank you or closing line.
- Know your salary expectations in case you are asked.
- Turn your phone off – don’t just switch it to silent.
4. During the Interview:
- Use eye-contact to engage the interviewer. Expect the interviewer to write notes so they may not always be able to return your gaze. Look at the person who is asking the question when answering the question.
- Sit well, using your body language and facial expressions to engage and show your interest.
- Speak clearly and don’t be afraid to pause or ask clarifying questions.
Year 12 students
The QTAC closing date for Year 12 students was 30 September, however if you didn’t meet that deadline it isn’t too late to submit an application. You will just incur a late fee.
Scholarships University of Qld
Hubbard’s School offers a set of unique courses that assist students overcome specific academic difficulties and gain confidence in their natural ability. Of particular interest to Year 12 students would be the Bridging Courses.
*Intensive Bridging Courses (to secure prerequisites for university entry); Timed especially for students who need to satisfy a prerequisite for the QTAC Major Round inmid-January,2015.Check further information at www.hubbards.qld.edu.au
Fusion Australia will be offering a Certificate IV in Youth and Community Work in 2015. It will involve three days a week training, split 50:50 between classroom learning and application in the field, including work in local high schools, street work at the skate park with the Fusion MY Bus, a 10-day mission trip to Uluru. Contact Jesse O’Neil on 0422127094 and visit Fusion’s new training website www.fusiontraining.org.au
Encouraging girls into non traditional female occupations
A report into current models of careers’ exploration available for girls and young women has been released. The report can be found at http://www.security4women.org.au/wp-content/uploads/eS4W-Career-Explorat…The report found successful programs to be characterised by the following approaches:-
- Career exploration opportunities for girls and young women to ‘taste’ and experience non-traditional and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) occupations prior to and during their senior secondary years of schooling
- Female role models and mentors from non-traditional occupations and industries that broaden the career expectations of young women
- Industry-led partnerships that invite and support career exploration by young women, as well as long-term participation in non-traditional careers and industries
- Promotion of support networks for young women working in non-traditional workplaces
- Career exploration opportunities early in girls’ schooling that encourage reflection on their skills and interests and explore relevant options in a broad range of occupations, industries and workplaces.
- Partnerships between schools, educational institutions, industries and communities to assist girls and young women into non-traditional study and work placement opportunities.
To be eligible to receive a Scholarship the student must be:
- Enrolled or have completed a vocational program with TAFE Queensland East Coast as their RTO during 2014.
- Are completing year 12 in 2014 and wanting to enrol into further study at TAFE Queensland East Coast in 2015.
- An Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident; and
- Endorsed by their respective Principal or Vocational Education & Training Coordinator. Scholarships will be valid for up to 12 months after completing year 12 (must be enrolled by 11 December 2015).
- Parental consent must be obtained
Parent/guardian consent by the school prior to nomination. Contact TAFE at Schools Officer Kim Smoother Email: [email protected] or phone: 07 5457 1659, or contact Kristie Collins [email protected]
Phone: 07 4120 2577
Application Forms are with Mr Nash, Head of Future Pathways Department
Paul Nash, Head of Future Pathways.