Seventeen Year 10 students at Benalla P-12 College were recently given the opportunity to experience corporate life.

Tomorrow Today Foundation linked the students to a powerful network of businesses for a one-day workshop to build the students understanding of job interview techniques and processes, enabling them to experience realistic interview scenarios with corporate mentors.

Students were also provided with constructive feedback and advice on their performance in the interviews.

Benalla P-12 College careers advisor Kellie Cairncross said the sessions were outstanding.

“The activity was relevant, engaging, fast-paced and practical,” Ms Cairncross said.

“And the corporate mentors seemed to enjoy the experience just as much as the students – it was a learning experience for everybody.”

All students reported a significant increase in their knowledge of how to prepare for an interview, as well as confidence in how to participate.

They also reported having clearer understanding of what skills employers are looking for and the importance of body language and non-verbal communication.

Local organisation, Tomorrow Today Foundation, brokered the introduction between the Australian Business Community Network and Benalla P-12 College and helped resource participation.

“Benalla supports its young people to achieve,” Tomorrow Today’s Education Benalla Program Convenor Liz Chapman said.

“A good education relies on family, school and community working together to provide the best possible learning environment.

“I believe the partnerships between Benalla P-12 College, Tomorrow Today, our business partners here in Benalla and our corporate networks in Melbourne have so much to offer our young people.”

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Year 10 Benalla P-12 College students engaging in workshops.