Wallace High School pupils had the opportunity to take part in mock interviews last week .
Upper Sixth pupils returned to the Clonevin Park school on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening to attend an interview staged by a panel of professionals . Over 50 people from many walks of life including law , healthcare and business, carried out the interviews and then gave detailed feedback. These interviews are part of a detailed programme offered by Wallace’s Careers Department.
Assistant Head of Careers, Margaret Mitchell, explained, ” These interviews come at a pivotal time in our careers schedule. Having completed work experience during Lower Sixth and attended a series of University Open Days, our Upper Sixth pupils have recently submitted their UCAS forms for entry to UK universities.
Many will be invited to attend selection interviews over the coming weeks. The mock interview enxourages preparation and reflection which will undoubtedly be beneficial for our pupils. We couldn’t offer this crucial opportunity without the support of the interviewers who give their time so freely . We recognise that they have very busy lives and we are grateful for their time and expertise.”
Upper Sixth pupil Samantha Moore added, ” I hope to become a social worker specialising in youth work so I was delighted that my interview was conducted by a paediatrician and a social work manager. Both offered me very constructive comments and a great deal of information about my chosen career.I certainly feel more confident now about my forthcoming university interviews.”
Another Upper Sixth pupil, Erin McCammick, had a very busy week thanks to Wallace’s Careers Department. Having attended her mock interview on Wednesday night, she was then presented with a certificate from the Institute of Directors on Thursday afternoon.
This presentation followed Erin’s participation in a work shadowing scheme organised by the Institute of Directors, during which Erin was placed with Rowan Black from Green’s of Lisburn.
Erin commented, “The presentation at the Ulster Bank headquarters was very enjoyable and it encouraged young people to develop an entrepreneurial spirit. It also promoted the importance of private enterprise as the way forward for the Northern Ireland economy. It really gave me many ideas for a future career path. I thoroughly enjoyed my placement with Mr Black, learning a great deal about the role of a Director in business. I’m hoping to study Maths at Edinburgh University next year and am considering a postgraduate qualification in Business.”
Last modified: December 20, 2004