Interview coaching is just the job for Eden Girls’ School pupils
Our Year 9 and 10 pupils have received support from O2 UK’s Think Big initiative to help prepare them for life beyond school.
Staff from Slough-based O2 UK visited our school over four weeks in late 2017 to offer pupils training and advice in structuring their CVs and writing job applications, public speaking and leadership skills. The pupils were also put through their paces in mock job interviews with O2 staff.
The initiative aimed to equip our Year 9 and 10 pupils with essential life skills, as they prepare for their next steps at college, in training or employment, and give them real-life experience of being interviewed by unfamiliar adults.
O2 believes in the power of young people, irrespective of their background, so support like this forms part of their Think Big programme, enabling employees to share expertise, knowledge and resources with young people.
Karim Murcia, Principal of Eden Girls’ School, commented, “We are very grateful to O2 for their support in helping us prepare our pupils for their next steps beyond school. The girls were really engaged and felt inspired by the training they took part in.
“While receiving an education of the highest academic standards, we also aim to equip our pupils with a broad portfolio of voluntary and charity experience through our commitment to nurturing pupils to become responsible citizens in their local communities. It’s very pleasing that this element of our work has helped pupils to produce strong CVs that give them plenty to talk about in an interview.”
Year 10 pupil Nabiha Mahmood feels she benefitted from the experience. She said, “This opportunity has provided me with a good experience of what an actual job interview would be like and I feel better prepared for any obstacles that I may face in the future.”
O2 UK employees Andrew Biddlecombe and Liam Harrington put Javeriah Malik through her paces in a mock interview
O2 UK’s Wez Azad delivered a session in presentation skills to Year 9 and 10 pupils at Eden Girls’ School, Slough – pictured with pupils (left to right) Jumaima Younes, Mariam Gul and Amna Abdul Qayyum
Pupil Sophia Ward had the job interview experience with O2 UK’s Zoe Sedaghat and Aimee Way