Practice makes perfect as students undergo mock interviews
This week students from the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) have been practicing mock interviews as part of their transitional skills support and preparation to employment.
Staff from organisations such as Harrison Clarke Solicitors, NHS and National Careers Services regularly volunteer to conduct the interviews, along with employees from other internal college departments such as finance, marketing and IT.
Lukasz Kowalski from RNC’s Transition Team said: ‘When it comes to interviews, we do believe that practice makes perfect. Our students are put through a range of questions and scenarios by a panel of interviewers. This gives them a real experience as we aim to prepare them with the skills they will need for life after College.’
According to research from the RNIB, only one in four registered blind or partially sighted people of working age is in paid employment, and this number is falling. The Royal National College for the Blind has a curriculum where essential skills such as independent living, IT and transitional support are embedded into everyone’s timetable. This gives the students the skills they need as they prepare for work.
Young student Oishin, 18, was pleased with his feedback: ‘It’s great to have an opportunity to practise things like this. It’s really going to help. I was a little nervous before I went in, but I feel a lot more confident for doing it and now I know what I need to practise for the next one.’
To find out more on the courses we offer, visit the website https://www.rnc.ac.uk/courses-at-rnc/courses-students-16-25 or call our Student Recruitment team on 01432 376 621