On 28th November, I had the privilege of being invited by Form the Future to take part in mock interviews with students at Long Road 6th Form College. It’s 25 years since I attended there as a student myself, so it was also a little trip down memory lane. I don’t recall having the opportunity to take part in mock interviews when I was there, so it felt good to give something back to the local students. It’s a different world of work young people are encountering to the one I experienced, so I was intrigued to meet the students. Not least because my two children will soon be embarking on their further education journeys.
I was absolutely blown away by the interesting, mature and thoughtful answers these young people gave. The students I interviewed were all on the Health and Social Care course. They had ambitions to become paramedics, midwives, nurses, mental health workers and criminologists. They had all come down different paths to Long Road, and most had quite clear ideas about their onward journey into more study or employment, including apprenticeships (which have had a recent resurgance).
The main thing that struck me was that the students who were most confident had experience of extra curricular activities or part-time work. They found it much more easy to answer the questions about working in a team or how to deal with a difficult situation.
It was also incredibly rewarding to tease out information from the more cautious students who were less confident and discover hidden strengths.
I’m still buzzing from this experience. I hope I was able to show the students that it’s not too daunting to be interviewed by an adult, and that they deserve to have faith in themselves.