Students prepare to enter their chosen industry through workshop
Students at University Centre South Essex took part in an interactive session to prepare them for transition into the workplace.
The event gave Costume Construction students the opportunity to rehearse some of the processes employers require during the recruitment process. This included doing group work, delivering presentations and taking part in a formal interview process.
The students were able to access three recruitment activities over a period of a few hours focusing on their specific industry. They completed a group activity with an outline of supplying costume services to an external organisation. All students had one to one interviews based on specific jobs within costume construction. Finally they did a group presentation promoting their costume work.
The event was organised by the HE Careers Team which works to provide students with innovating and engaging extracurricular activities to boost their skills.
HE Careers Co-ordinator, Tony Withers, said the workshops was fantastic and well-received.
He said: “The main objective was to support students to gain some experiences within the recruitment process aimed at their planned career in costume construction. There are many positive outcomes from this including, developing communication, teamworking, leadership, problem solving and critical thinking skills.
“It was fabulous that the students had the familiarity of working with each other but were also challenged by a team that had never met before, so the atmosphere was both relaxed and professional.”
Feedback from students was extremely positive with one saying: “The interview was good as I had not been for an interview for a long time so to be reminded of what that situation can feel like.
Another said “I think the group exercise topic and documents were very good and the session was well thought out.”
There is still time to apply for a course at University Centre South Essex starting in September, visit www.southessex.ac.uk/he