Epson employees give a boost to local students

Getting to age 15, facing GCSE exams and the prospect of work or college interviews is pretty daunting. But students at Longdean School in Hemel Hempstead are getting a big skills and confidence boost from Epson employees, as part of their Mock Interview Programme.

Longdean is the closest school to Westside and lots of us have children who attend or were even pupils there ourselves. Epson is one of a group of local employers taking part in this Year 11 programme.

“As a major employee in the area it’s really important that we give something back to the community and help prepare the workforce of tomorrow by equipping them with the skills they need to get jobs,” said Leonie Toal, PR and Social Media Manager, EUL, who organised Epson’s involvement.

Polly Chapman, Channel Marketing Manager, EUL, was one of the employees who took part. She said: “It was clear that all the candidates are working extremely hard, and it was great to have the opportunity to give them feedback on how to fine-tune their CVs and portray themselves in the best possible light to any potential employer.  Who knows, one day they might face a real-life interview at Epson!”

Also involved in interviewing students was Zoe Rollinson, Customer Care Manager, Technical Services. “It’s an excellent programme, I think all schools should offer it,” she said. “Some knew exactly what they want to do when they leave school and tailored the experience to suit their dream jobs. Others didn’t know what career path they wanted to take, so I used the time to reiterate how important it was to stay focused and have goals and build confidence.”

Bruno Rost, European Corporate PR Manager found it a really rewarding experience. “I interviewed five very different students of varying abilities and aspirations. It was all about encouraging them to show real enthusiasm and talk about their interests with intelligence and passion. We talked about engaging in two-way conversation, the importance of listening as well as projecting strengths, identifying and being honest about weaknesses and overall helping young people improve their self-presentation skills.”

The Mock Interview Programme is just one of the latest in a long list of activities Epson is doing with Longdean School to strengthen our links with the local community.

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