Learning by doing – Real Industry Job Interviews at Wyndham

Applying for a job and preparing for an interview can be a difficult thing to do.  Being able to talk about yourself and manage your nerves is a skill most people struggle with.  Students from years 10, 11 and 12 at Warringa Park School have had a chance to improve their job seeking skills thanks to a Real Industry Job Interviews (RIJI) program run by Wyndham City Council.

This is the second time the RIJI program has been offered to Warringa Park students.  It was launched in 2015 as an initiative arising out of the CTS School Community Partnership Pilot Project.  Adam Williams, the Metro Access Officer at Wyndham City Council organised the event in 2015 and 2016.

Dressed to impress.

Adam recruited interviewers from the staff of Wyndham City Council.  They were drawn from a range of departments including as Early Childhood, Human Resources, Community Development and Recreation.  Stewart, from Kindergarten Services was excited to contribute to the initiative.  When asked what prompted him to be a part of the initiative, he said “I’m passionate about supporting children and young people to meet their potential.  This is a great chance for me to do something a bit different and help some young people”.

This year the program has been enhanced by including an afternoon tea for students at the council building, which provided students with the opportunity to learn about what Council does and meet some of the staff before the interviews.  Adam Williams and a member from the HR team also visited each campus of Warringa Park to speak to the students and give them some hints about preparing for job interviews.  Monica Cooper, the school’s Pathways and Transitions Coordinator, thinks that the additional activities have been a great addition.  “It’s good for students to hear from another source than their teachers.  It reinforces what they’ve been learning at school.”

Jack, a year 11 student, said before his interview, “I’m feeling a bit nervous about this, I think I’ll be OK.  I’ve practiced at school and I can talk about my skills.”  Tom, also in year 11 said after his interview, “It was really good.  I feel very happy.  The interviewers were nice and friendly.”  When asked what advice he would give about going for an interview, Tom said “Use good behaviour, don’t be silly and look neat and tidy.”