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Interview Technique Sessions

Rushworth-Interview-Tech.jpgInterview Technique Sessions were presented at Echuca College, River City Christian College and Rushworth P-12 College in April and May.

The students experienced a highly interactive 90 minute session that offered tips on resumes and covering letter writing. They were also joined by some of their teachers to practice greetings and handshakes and a challenging tower building activity using only spaghetti and marshmallows.  This group activity helped the students put into practice the Employability Skills they had heard about that day including team work and problem solving.

These sessions are to prepare the students for upcoming mock interviews and give tips on how to write a fantastic resume and covering letter. We work collaboratively with the careers teachers at the schools.

May 2019

Food and Fibre Careers Day

Dookie.JPGIn May 300 students from 22 schools travelled to Dookie for the annual Food and Fibre Careers Day. Seven schools from our area attended.

Many aspects of agriculture were on show in 24 different workshops. Students were able to choose three workshops. Aimee Snowden of Little Brick Pastoral was one of the guest speakers, along with Myrrhee Primary School and Professor Tim Reeves.

Lunch time included a Young Farmer Challenge consisting of a team race through a series of farm related activities and obstacles including hay bales, drench guns and swags. Moama Anglican Grammar’s team won the Challenge and took home a drone for their school.

May 2019

National Youth Commission

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The National Youth Commission into youth employment and transitions is conducting hearings across the nation. Echuca Moama was the location for their first regional hearing on 13 May. CCLLEN contacted stakeholders and partners to participate, and many responded, either with presentations or focus groups. Presenting to the Commission was relaxed and comfortable, even though the hearings are a formal, structured process. The Commissioners made sure to put people at ease.

The range of presenters were able to illustrate the issues and solutions in our part of rural Australia. Presenters were from Echuca Specialist School, Committee for Echuca Moama, CCLLEN, Careers Teachers Network, CVGT – Transition to Work, Echuca Moama Beacon Foundation, Bendigo TAFE and Campaspe Shire Council. Focus groups were held with TAFE VCAL students, Echuca College FLO students, Koorie Youth Programs providers and the Shire’s Youth Advisory Group. Thank you to all who participated.

The Commissioners commented on the richness of the presentations in Echuca and indicated that the focus groups went very well. The Commission is providing progress reports during the inquiry process and will have a final report in mid 2020. You can find out more on their website www.nycinquiry.org.au

May 2019

Beacon Careers Expo & Mock Interviews

Careers Expo

The annual Beacon Careers Expo was held on 6 May at Rich River Golf Club.  The day began with a panel of guest speakers from of a diverse range of careers.

Bim Sherwood from Advance computing, Pat Arnold from Echuca Moama Physiotherapy, Foodmach apprentice Kelly Shotton and Jacinta Canon owner of Endota Spa, shared their own career journeys and passed on some powerful messages to the students on following their passions and the importance of doing work experience.

Over 400 students from the five Beacon schools participated in four interactive and informative workshops selected from 57 workshops with 90 presenters from the community involved.

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Mock Interviews

As part of the Echuca Moama Beacon Foundation's Real Futures program, 119 Year 9 Echuca College students participated in Mock interviews conducted by members of the local business community on 29 May. 

Thanks to NAB, Community Living & Respite Services Inc. Campaspe Shire Council, Insurance House, Lockwood Partners, Numanz Embroidery, Sarina Russo Apprenticeships, Echuca Regional Health, We Are Vivid.

Some student comments after the interview:

Evie: At the start I was feeling nervous but towards the end I started to feel more comfortable.
Cameron: I was nervous going into the interview but got more confident.
Claudia: I wasn’t very confident at first but my nerves went away after a while.
Jack: I felt stresed but now I feel calm.
Year 9 student: The interview was very helpful, as she told me what I did wrong, what I did right and what I can do better next time.
Mitch: I need to stop moving my hands and to stop being nervous.
Hunter: To try and prepare more for the questions and so answer them easier.
Riley: to space out my cover letter more.
Blake: I did well. I was very confident.

May 2019

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