Trekkers’ 10th grade students recently completed a 4-week Life Skills Course designed to help them gain professional skills and knowledge through mock job interviews at area businesses. The Life Skills Course is part of the Cross-America Trekkers program that is offered each year to high school sophomores. This year, professionals from Bangor Savings Bank, Boston Financial Data Services, Camden National Bank, The First, Fisher Engineering, Glen Cove Dental Associates, Lonza Rockland, Machias Savings Bank and SoundVest Properties hosted mock interviews for Trekkers students at their workplaces.
The Life Skills Course includes training in résumé-writing, professional etiquette, appropriate dress, self-confidence and answering interview questions. Each student created a résumé to share with the participating interviewers. They practiced interview skills with the help of Trekkers mentors. On the day of their interviews, the students dressed professionally, traveled to local businesses and participated in a 20-minute mock interview there as if they were applying for employment at their assigned worksite.
Reflecting on the program, Principal Program Manager Emily Carver stated, “The value of the mock interview process is immeasurable. Students are challenged to start thinking about basic ideas of professionalism, with interviews that are facilitated by an incredible local business community. By pushing students to start thinking about professional development now, we are hoping that they will naturally begin to cultivate a sense of place in our community, as well as gain an understanding of all of the opportunities that exist here as they begin to think about their futures.”
Having completed this prerequisite requirement, Trekkers’ sophomore classes are now preparing for 10-day Cross-America Trekkers expeditions that take place this summer. Along with caring adult mentors from the community, both groups will explore the Rocky Mountains region of Colorado. They will explore several national parks, such as Mesa Verde, Arches, and Canyonlands National Park, and learn about the flora, fauna and environmental issues in the area. They will also complete a service project and participate in a cultural exchange during their educational expeditions.
TREKKERS THANKS THESE WONDERFUL BUSINESSES FOR PARTICIPATING IN THIS YEAR’S 10TH GRADE MOCK INTERVIEW PROCESS: