Students take step on career ladder

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STUDENTS from a Scarborough college and the town’s university have the world at their feet after a successful travel industry mock interview programme.

The Hull University Business School linked up with Scarborough Sixth Form College to prepare students for the world of work as part of their BTEC Diploma Travel and Tourism course.

The first year college students were given sound preparation for the job market during the unit which focuses on recruitment and selection processes, such as completing a detailed CV, before they were interviewed for roles by three university students with the best candidates receiving acceptance letters.

Lindsey Taylor, the college’s BTEC course tutor, said the exercise had given students thorough preparation for life after education.

She said: “This was an excellent activity and gave our students a very realistic idea of what it will be like when applying for jobs in the industry.

“They were naturally very nervous but excelled on the day. We were extremely grateful to the university students for giving up their time to provide such a valuable experience.”

Catherine Mason, external business co-ordinator at the university’s business school, said she was pleased the collaboration had proved mutually beneficial.

She added: “This was a great experience for our students and closely echoes the work that we already do at the business school in terms of raising awareness of employability issues, which are essential in today’s competitive job market.

“Making a good first impression is so important in getting a job so understanding how to give a great interview is imperative.

“Both sets of students have benefited greatly from the experience and we look forward to working more closely with the college in the future.”