Countryside helps Year 10 students prepare for future job interviews


Countryside recently volunteered at the Eastbury School, in Barking and Dagenham, to conduct mock job interviews, aimed at Year 10 students.

Eastbury School is committed to providing young people with an excellent all-round education, leading to the highest possible qualifications. However, the school recognises that academic qualifications need to be underpinned with the development of self-confidence, resilience and skills for the work place.

Countryside was eager to take the opportunity to help young people get a jump start in today’s highly competitive labour market.

The aim of the day was to prepare the students for real-life job applications and interviews for a range of job roles, from Pre-Construction Manager, Intelligence Officer or Chartered Accountant to Software Developer, Health & Safety Officer and Graphic Designer. The students were asked to apply for one of fifteen mock job adverts, preparing for the interview by researching the company and sector. The students also had to put together a CV in advance of the interview.

In each one-on-one interview session, students were asked about their CV, before going through the interview questions. After the interview, there was an opportunity for ‘employer’ feedback, when our team of interviewers suggested areas for development and commended the students on where they did well.

We are always looking for new ways to support the communities we are part of. All the students did well in their interviews and the sessions went a long way to helping these future job applicants get a head start. We wish them all the best in their careers and hope that some will one day join the Countryside team.