“First impressions are important; eye contact is vital; tips on how to dress for an interview.”
These are just some of the comments to come from students at Irrawang High School at Raymond Terrace who completed a World of Work (WOW) program thanks to funding from Real Futures and
support from the Raymond Terrace Bowling Club.
In late 2016, 85 students from Year 10 attended the three-day WOW program at the Bowling Club.
As Irrawang Principal Paul Baxter explained, the students involved learnt about the importance of first impressions, social skills and the expectations they would encounter when they entered the world of work.
The feedback from students also indicated a high emphasis on engaging with community and business people who took time out of their busy day to have lunch with students where they could practice what they had learnt – communication skills and table etiquette. “For many this was the first time they had eaten away from their family environment,” he said.
He said the program was a positive example of a school/ community partnership which improves students’ outcomes, particularly low socio-economic students in the secondary
years of schooling.
A guide to the value of the program is that of the 85 students who participated in the three day session, 83 completed a survey seeking feedback.
The comments received were overwhelmingly positive.