Last week I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel for a discussion centered on interviewing skills (and to a lesser extent resumes) for a local classroom teacher. There were four of us; a colleague of mine at the ISD and two managers at Steelcase. I thoroughly enjoyed myself; first, because it was an opportunity to engage with students (something I don’t get to do too often since leaving the classroom); and second, because I’m a bit geeky and get psyched to talk about resumes and interviewing! Don’t judge me; it IS part of my job after all.
That said, it was fun, and I believe the teacher was genuinely pleased with the experience. I’d like to think that the students got a lot out of it as well. The teacher said it was great because it not only affirmed much of what she had been saying herself to her students, but she even picked up a few things as well.
Interestingly, the first time I went into a teacher’s classroom in this new role as a Career Readiness Consultant more than a year ago, I was worried I’d say something the teacher had already said and just be redundant. She assured me she was more than OK with it, because, let’s face it, being a teacher is a lot like being a parent. You can say something until you’re blue in the face, and your students can (after a time) tune you out or dismiss what you say. But, have an outsider say it, and it’s the gospel truth! We all know, it’s just the way it is.
That is just one of the many benefits of building relationships with local businesses (and your friendly neighborhood Career Readiness Department too). Not to discount what you, as subject matter experts, say. But to enhance it, confirm it and add credibility to it with local professionals seconding your voice. And, when you have questions of your own, or are stepping into areas outside of your comfort zone or area of expertise, someone out there might just have an answer to assist you, or be willing to share it with your class …. say, in a discussion panel!
By the way, if you’re interested in some do’s and don’ts as a rule of thumb for interviewing, you can check out this list to get you started. While it’s not exhaustive, nor do I necessarily agree with every item on the list, it’s a great building block.
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