As a follow-up to successful spells of work shadowing organised by the school’s Careers Department, the Year 13 students at St Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh, were given the opportunity to focus further on their careers options recently when a highly successful ‘Mock’ Interview Day was organised by the school’s Careers Department.
Businesses and companies, in a wide range of career areas, across the province had accommodated the St Patrick’s students for their work-shadowing experiences earlier in the week.
While students at the Armagh school have been conducting intensive research on courses relevant to their career options, as part of their Careers programme, the three days of work shadowing allowed them the opportunity to experience at first hand the world of work and observe professionals in action in a working environment. As part of their work shadowing programme, each student was expected to complete a work-experience diary which they then submitted to Mr John Lynch the school’s Head of Careers, along with a completed report and reference from their work shadowing hosts.
- Mr Chris Rafferty and Mr Jonathan McGilly interview Brogan McArdle during Mock Interview Day at St Patrick’s.
St Patrick’s Principal, Mr Dominic Clarke, and Mr Lynch last week expressed the school’s gratitude and appreciation to all those who had accommodated the St Patrick’s boys so willingly again this year. Mr Clarke also expressed the school’s thanks and appreciation to Mr Lynch for all he had done, as Head of Careers, to make the Work Shadowing project and the ‘Mock’ Interview day at St Patrick’s so successful. The Principal joined with Mr Lynch in expressing special gratitude to the Careers Co-ordinator, Mrs Agatha Jordan, for all her efforts in helping to coordinate the 2017 ‘Mock’ Interview programme and the Work Shadowing project at St Patrick’s. They also expressed appreciation and thanks to Mrs Aileen Lennon in the school’s office for her part in helping to organise these Careers Department initiatives.
Another major focus of the Year 13 Careers programme at the school is Interview Skills, and after a term of preparation in their Careers and Communications classes, all the St Patrick’s Year 13 students attended the ‘Mock’ Interview Day at the school.
The programme for the day included sessions on presentation for interview, letters of application and CV preparation, during which they were given a presentation on “Selling Yourself at Interview.” The day began with an introductory talk on the importance of CV preparation and good interview techniques by past pupil of St Patrick’s Mr Sheelin McKeagney. In his capacity as managing partner of Mr McKeagney’s Pharmacy group Mr McKeagney has amassed an abundance of experience in staff recruitment and selection in the pharmaceutical industry. He brought an expertise and a wealth of knowledge to share with the students and got the day off to a great start.
- Mrs Úna Lennon and Lord Mayor, Mr Garath Keating, interview Gavin Kelly during Mock Interview Day; also included in the picture is Mrs Agatha Jordan Careers Co-ordinator at St Patrick’s.
Each student was interviewed by visiting interviewers, members of the business and professional community, including a large number of St Patrick’s past pupils. The students were assessed on communication skills, impact, quality of C.V., knowledge of careers and relevant university courses.
Following individual interviews, the interviewers reported back to the students in a plenary session and presented them with certificates. Those involved as interviewers were impressed with the overall standard of students’ self-presentation, written applications, communication skills and knowledge of career areas.
The Principal at St Patrick’s, Mr Dominic Clarke, conveyed the school’s appreciation to Mr McKeagney and to all the visiting interviewers and thanked them for their valued support for St Patrick’s in the highly important area of Careers Education.
Mr Lynch also expressed his gratitude to the visitors for helping to make the ‘Mock’ Interview Day a meaningful educational experience for the students. He thanked all members of staff involved for their support for and input into the day.
- Year 13 students working on their interview skills and CV writing during Mock Interview Day at St Patrick’s Grammar School.