Career and Technical Education (CTE) students will be more prepared to successfully enter the workforce after taking part in practice interviews.
This year approximately 50 students from a variety of CTE classes were interviewed by real employers relevant to their fields of study. The programs involved were Automotive Technology, Computer Technology/Cybersecurity, Digital Media Technology, Early Childhood Development and Nurse Assisting.
Interviewers represented potential career paths for the students from many regional employers and businesses including Lockheed Martin, Photosynthesis Productions, the Maguire Family of Dealerships, Kendal at Ithaca and the Downtown Ithaca Children’s Center, among others.
“The mock interviews are a really unique experience for our students and serve multiple purposes,” said CTE internship coordinator Heather Cooper. “The students are given the opportunity to sit down with industry professionals in their specific career field and practice having hiring conversations. By the end of the marathon interviews, the students feel and exude more confidence in their ability to have these conversations with perfect strangers. This also prepares them and our professional partners for potential spring internships!”
CTE has been providing this opportunity to students for 10 years. Before the interviews, students participate in workshops that teach skills such as interview conduct, proper interview attire and how to prepare. There are also sessions to help students build and refine their résumés.
With the knowledge and skills gained from their practice interviews, CTE students are given an advantage as they seek employment upon graduation.