St Albans Soroptimists Denise Powell, Debbie Tankard and Jane Slatter volunteered again this year to take part in St Albans Girls School (STAGS) “Big Interview day” for year 11 (GCSE year) students.
As part of the careers programme at St Albans Girls’ School, they offer a mock interview to every year 11 student on a day called “The Big Interview”. Each student has a half hour interview based on CV’s they have prepared in school and receive verbal and written feedback.
Ellen McHugh, Assistant Head Teacher, Student Leadership and Enterprise said in an email to the volunteers after the event: “A HUGE thank you from everyone at STAGS for your support on Tuesday for the Year 11 Big Interview Day and for giving so generously of your time. The students have found your feedback very helpful and many have already improved their CVs ready to apply for Work Experience or jobs for the summer. Providing an encounter with an employer/employee like this one is hugely beneficial and has been shown to help improve student outcomes by at least half a GCSE grade as it increase their aspirations for the future. “
The event has been running for the past 7 years, and it is very well received by students, for some of whom it is their first interview experience. Soroptimists have been involved for the last 5 years and have found meeting the girls a real inspiration – a win win for everyone!
Many thanks to the school for the photo montages shown above.