Last Updated: Thursday, July 30, 2020

Back to school – preparing for challenge - secondary

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In this activity, young people will prepare advice on CVs and interviews to share with friends.

For young people at S1/S2/S3

Starting a new activity or challenge often needs careful preparation. For example, if your family intend on having a day at the seaside, it will involve thinking about the journey, checking the weather forecast, planning meals and organising appropriate clothes such as swimming kit and towels. Athletes prepare for competition by following training plans which make sure their performance “peaks” at the right time. Major expeditions and explorations, such as the recent mission to the International Space Station, can spend years preparing, to try to be ready for anything that might happen.

As you probably know, people looking for a job have to prepare a “CV”, a description of their skills and experiences. If they are called to interview, they also need to look smart and be ready to give good answers to the interview panel. These are the more routine kinds of preparation, but they are very important. Ask members of your family or household and friends for their advice about CVs and any good features they can recommend. If you can, look at examples of CVs on the internet – you will find good advice in the Skills Development Scotland’s website, ‘My World of Work’.

  • This task will involve you preparing a resource that you can share with your friends and school. You will think through the steps you would take to be ready to apply for an important role in your school, or in a club or activity with which you are involved. For example, the role might be as an “office bearer” such as secretary, chairperson, treasurer or junior section representative.
  • Think through the stages in preparing your CV and in getting ready for interview. For your CV, think of all the positive qualities you have. Ask other people if you are too modest! It is important that others understand what skills and commitment you would bring to the role. When you have drafted your CV, look back over it to make sure it is accurate and honest, but also that it provides a positive and persuasive description of you.
  • Next, think about the interview. What kind of questions are you likely to be asked? How best can you answer them? Preparing in this way should help you to face the interview with confidence. Can you think of anything else you could do to feel good about the challenge of being interviewed.
  • Your next task is to make up a checklist of the key stages of your preparation and find a good way of recording these stages to share with other people. For example, you could create the advice as a poster, with a cartoon character as the “interviewee”. You could also prepare the key steps in your preparation as a “flowchart”, able to be copied in different sizes from business card to poster.
  • Keep a record of all you do for this task. It will provide great evidence of the quality of your work, including the kind of material you might want to share at an interview.