Interview technique event applauded

Built environment professionals from the newly launched social enterprise STEER have recently given a helpful presentation on Interview Techniques and Mock Interviews to give undergraduates the tools and techniques they need to succeed at any job interview.

Held at the Leeds Beckett University campus, the event provided the students with industry specific advice and expertise that will give them a huge advantage when starting their career.

During the event, attendees learnt how to write a standout CV and cover letter, practiced their delivery in mock interviews, and spoke to industry experts on what to expect when they go for an interview, and the best ways that they can prepare to ensure they are a cut above the rest.

The students were also given the opportunity to network with industry professionals and ask any questions that they had on careers in the industry, the challenges that they face, and the future of the built environment.

Industry professionals who attended and supported the event were: Simon Owen FIRP, (M&E Recruiter and Director, Calibre Search and Chairman of CIBSE Yorkshire), Zara Metcalf (WiBSE), Lynn Lockhead (Aspire-igen), Vicky Holloway (NG Bailey), Lesley Oldroyd (NG Bailey) and Michelle Bainbridge (Mansfield Pollard).

STEER is a social enterprise which has been set up by four female built environment and engineering professionals with the objective to connect the world of education to industry by guiding, mentoring and supporting undergraduates through the transition.  Sharon Slinger a Senior Chartered Quantity Surveyor with Carillion plc is the chair of STEER who is supported by Joanna Robinson, the Managing Director of Mansfield Pollard; Kayley Lockhead, a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer with NG Bailey and Josie Rothera, a Chartered Civil Engineer working in academia. The STEER team draw from their extensive contacts within the industry encouraging support from industry professionals to mentor, guide and provide networking opportunities to students who really want to take control and drive their career forward.

STEER’s aims and objectives are to:
• Deliver support for students transitioning from education to industry
• Building confidence amongst the under-represented social groups
• Highlighting the built environment opportunities and career choices
• Establish and promote networking opportunities between students and professionals

Simon Owen FIRP, M&E Recruiter and Director, Calibre Search and Chairman of CIBSE Yorkshire , said: “I was thrilled to join the STEER group for their mock interviews, interview advice and CV review evening at Leeds Beckett University. The group aims to provide the missing link to help graduates find their first role in industry and thrive through it with a particular focus on construction. I can’t think of any other group or organisation that offers the opportunity for students to pick the brains of company Directors, HR professionals, seasoned recruiters and others who do such a diverse range of roles within the construction industry – what a brilliant way to help them make the most of their studies and financial investment in them. It was a pleasure to meet a diverse group of people who are looking to start their careers in our equally diverse industry – hopefully we have been able to give them a bit a “steer” for their future path.”

The feedback comments from some of the students included: “It was invaluable to be given the opportunity to practice my interview skills with industry experts.”

“The whole event was delivered professionally, and with energy and enthusiasm, and I feel a lot more confident about job interviews in the future.”

Joanna Robinson, Managing Director at Mansfield Pollard said: “We are delighted that this event was a great success, and the feedback that we have received from the students is fantastic. The STEER group has more helpful and informative events in the pipeline that will provide undergraduates with all they need to prepare themselves for, and succeed, in their career.

“The STEER team believes that we have a responsibility to educate and inspire students and motivate them to explore the varied and exciting career opportunities within the built environment and engineering. We are committed to connect the world of education to industry by guiding, mentoring and supporting university undergraduates with the transition.”

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Written on 23rd March 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News