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WellAlwaysHaveParis Fri 26-Jan-18 00:15:23

Hi everyone,

Sorry for posting so late. Posting for traffic blush

Just found out earlier today that I've got a job interview next week.

Part of the interview involves doing a short workshop (15 minutes) for four GCSE students on how to make good A level choices. There'll also be an assessor in the room during the interview, and I'll be assessed on how I adapt to the needs of the group of students and how I communicate with them.

I've done a plan of the workshop, and have come up with this so far:

1) I explain to the students what we'll be doing:
- introduce myself and ask for students' names
- ask if they know what I'll be doing with them (acts as a 'hook' to get them interested and curious)
- tell them what we're doing if they don't already know.

2) Explain why we're doing it:
- ask students why we're doing this before I explain it to them
- making good A level choices can help to decide what you want to do later on in life (e.g. whether you go to university or go straight into work after leaving school at 18)

3) Explain how we'll do it:
- knowing your passions and strengths help you decide which A levels you might want to study ('passion + strength = good course choice')

4) Summarise what we covered in the session:
- ask each student to name one thing they learned or took from the session
- what we did, why we did it, how we did it.

How does this sound?

I think the trickiest bits for me will be keeping things moving, as some of the students might be quieter and some will maybe want to speak more than others, so I want to help all students to contribute and still keep the discussion interesting, snappy and moving. I want to keep it all really energetic, and be really relatable so I can build a good rapport with the students as quickly as possible.

I haven't prepared any handouts or resources yet; just wondering if it's a good idea, as I reckon 15 minutes will go really quickly and I've got a lot to get through.

Thanks everyone! smile

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BringOnTheScience Fri 26-Jan-18 08:59:20

My immediate impression is that you're spending a lot of time talking about what you're going to do ... but haven't explained what you're actually going to do!

Less intro.

Names
What are they interested in?
What are their goals? If any!
Where can they get info?

Lots of coloured post its and pens. A3 paper.
You pose Qs and help them to generate the answers.
Could discuss quality of info sources if time - professional body websites Good, Uni course rewuirements Excellent, picking what your mates are doing Not So Good.

And don't forget that there's more than just Alevels out there! BTEC, IB, apprenticeship...

Q for you - how will you manage the one who shrugs and says "I dunno".

I'm a former teacher who now does careers fairs at all our local secondaries as part of the education outreach for a big firm.

Good luck :-)

Piggywaspushed Sat 27-Jan-18 18:23:35

Have you researched what sixth form subjects they offer and the entry requirements OP?

Are you going to lecture them about their future too much...? You sound like you maybe aren't planning in enough time for them to take the lead/ student voice...

Is it ahead of sixth form role?

Piggywaspushed Sat 27-Jan-18 18:23:52

God that was awful typing! Sorry!

Piggywaspushed Sat 27-Jan-18 18:24:50

15 minutes is REALLY short!!

noblegiraffe Sat 27-Jan-18 21:27:40

So you're supposed to be telling them how to make good A-level choices (telling them to look at what they like and are good at), not actually helping them to make good A-level choices (asking them what they like and are good at then making suggestions)?

Which year are they in?

WellAlwaysHaveParis Tue 06-Feb-18 18:37:42

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the really late update!!

I’ve now had the interview, and was told by the person who was assessing the presentation that they thought it went really well.

I was hoping for good news overall, but expecting the worst. Unfortunately, I had an email a couple of days later to say that I hadn’t been successful, so I’ve asked for feedback and will do my best to learn from it smile

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