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Porthcawl U3A goes back to school

Porthcawl U3A in Wales has answered a call to support a project at their local school, Porthcawl Comprehensive.

Staff wanted to set up formal ‘work’ interviews as practice for their young people in Year 12 to acquire and fine-tune those important self-presentation skills.

Brian Thomas from Porthcawl U3A said, “To inject a touch of realism to the process of interview preparation, Porthcawl U3A conducted mock interviews with each student.

Each student was allocated a half hour slot and interviewed by two members - many of whom are former teachers and learning professionals.

The whole process was made to be as realistic as possible and was followed by the delivery of feedback directly to the student - helpful hints and practical advice.

Headteacher Andrew Slade was delighted with the outcome. He said, "This was an important opportunity to develop and enhance interview skills for our students, many of whom are about to compete for places at some of the best universities in the country"

"The feedback given by members of Porthcawl U3A was really useful in allowing our students to critically reflect and refine their crucial self-presentation skills".

You can learn more about Porthcawl U3A at https://u3asites.org.uk/porthcawl/home

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