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Mrs Rogers' words Autumn week 10

Jane Marshall, Independent University Consultant, outlined the overarching features of a successful interview to Y13 this morning in her trademark, highly entertaining style. Thorough preparation, 'name dropping' (authors, researchers, academics, artists, composers etc), 'bigging yourself up' (highlighting academic skills, competencies and talents) as well as checking the logistics of travel means and timings are all essential. Arriving late, stressed and sweaty for such an important meeting should be avoided at all costs!

The whole group presentation was followed up with small group student workshops throughout the morning, organised by faculty including the humanities, dentistry and nursing, business, management and marketing sport and the creative arts, to name but a few.

Students commented on how helpful the subject based preparation was and recognised many of her top tips are equally useful for all types of interviews.

Starting university has always been challenging and the pandemic has heightened the importance of students being well-prepared for their studies and ready to leave home. Our own Student Voice has helped shape the enrichment opportunities available and include money matters with a focus on budgeting and cooking club where students can hone their culinary skills. Other activities such as the sustainability team, UN Group and courtroom practice enable students to build the important competencies they need to ensure moving on to university or into an apprenticeship or employment is a positive experience. 


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