Professionals from a variety of career fields conducted the interviews while students who did not interview observed and offered feedback while learning skills. Katie Lichtenberg received a job offer just one business day after her “mock” interview.
“I think it was important because kids who aren’t confident in interviewing on their own have an opportunity to do so in a more comfortable situation,” Lichtenberg said.
Matt Faraj interviewed with a representative from Troy MI Works! and said and he is already working on setting up a follow-up meeting for possible employment. Hanifa Abraham also said her interview went well and appreciated the opportunity to practice.
“It was a valuable experience. Some people learn from watching, but I learn from experience and feedback. It also gave me a job opportunity in child care in the future,” Abraham said.
The program was the fourth and final unit of The Advocacy Project, an initiative created by teachers Michelle Leonard and Olivia Svacha. The goal of The Advocacy Project is to help students grow in their communication, advocate for their needs and for others, and build community.
“Our original goal was educational in nature; we hoped to help students feel more confident in an interview setting. We even accomplished more than we originally planned when guests added the element of potential job opportunities,” Svacha said.
TCCHS assists students in the metro Detroit area in recovering high school credits, prepares them for higher education, and offers dual enrollment opportunities in both traditional college classes and vocational education leading to degrees or certificates. For more information, call (248) 823-5156 or visit tcchs.troy.k12.mi.us.