OPTUS provide youth with the skills to impress

On the 27th March KARI’s OPTUS Scholarship holders attended their second in a series of interactive workshops, this one titled “Interview to Impress”. KARI and Optus have worked together to provide these scholarship holders with the knowledge required to succeed in life after high school.

The Interview to Impress workshop educated the youth on the skills required to land their dream job. Facilitated by an Optus mentor, this program allowed participants to step out of their comfort zone with a variety of games and activities.

The ice breaker initiatives were a great way for the young people to get comfortable in their environment and form a relationship with their Optus mentors. Pairs were tasked with a game where they were required to create objects, using their bodies as the pieces, but without talking.

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Each KARI participant was then tasked with getting to know their Optus mentor. This task carried onto a brief presentation, where both the mentor and mentee were required to introduce their partner to the group.

“It was amazing to see them step out of their comfort zone and really open up to their mentors in such a short period of time. They really dove into the workshop and I think they took a lot away from it” Said Sarah Bertram, Community Programs Project Officer.

The activities used throughout this program related back to how first impressions come from a person’s body language and how this can have an impact in an employment interview.

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As a reward for attending the workshop, each young person walked away with a unique KARI hoodie. Most importantly the day’s participants left with a world of knowledge thanks to the OPTUS mentors who shared their interview experiences.

The upcoming workshops OPTUS will hold include:

  • A Day in the Life
  • Building your Personal Brand
  • Pathways to Employment

KARI would like to express how grateful we are to OPTUS for providing tour young people with the opportunity to enhance their skills for life after high school.

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