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Wow! What an event ful day we had at RecruitAbility on Tuesday 1st March. We were invited by the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce to attend an ‘Insight into Industry’ day at Birchwood School in Bishop’s Stortford. This event was the first of its kind and involved a number of well known organisations such as the RAF and the Police Force as well a handful of local employers visiting the school and giving year 9 students an insight workshop on their industry sector. After a very upbeat introduction given by communications expert John Bennett, the pupils then went off to 3 workshops of their choice to find out more about what it involves to be a Vet or an Optician and other workshops included what you should wear for an interview and a ‘type off’ organised by Pitmans.
At RecruitAbility, our workshop was about how to present yourself in an interview and how to put together a good CV. We gave each of the students a RecruitAbility bug and asked them to think about how you would describe the bug and then asked them to present their bug in groups. Some of the pupils gave their bugs a name and they ranged from Brian to PDiddy and words they used to describe their bug included friendly, cute, informative etc. What the presentation gave us the chance to do was show them how important presentation skills are in an interview. Like most things, some of the pupils were naturals and loved standing up in front of the class and projected themselves well. Others had great content but struggled to make themselves heard. Hopefully, with our help, they realised what areas they needed to work on and why it’s so important to make yourself stand out from the crowd. The 2nd part of our workshop was about how to create a CV and we asked them to think about times when they taken on a project under their own initiative, examples of where they’d work together as part of a team, perhaps done some fund raising for charity and what their passions or hobbies were. When you haven’t got any work experience, these areas are imperative when creating a CV and hopefully our students went away with lots of food for thought.
The day finished on a high, when the students were put into small teams and were asked to put together an ‘advertisement’ about what they had learnt from the day and whether they’d recommend it to future year 9 students. Both Lucy and Wendy at RecruitAbility judged the ‘heats’ and the winners from the heats had to present to the whole of the year which was well over 200 students plus all the employers and teachers that had been involved. Some of the adverts were funny and well rehearsed and a well deserved winner was chosen by the judging panel.
Our morning finished with a school dinner – it’s been a long time since we’ve had one of those, but our bugs were seen all over the school throughout the rest of the day so hopefully they’re in safely tucked up in their new homes now!