Students from Lakewood Career Academy—formerly Alternatives for Individuals High School—were dressed to impress and waiting patiently, resumes in hand, to interview with representatives from Umpqua Bank. Although there were no real jobs to be had, the students received valuable career tips to help them now, and after high school.
In preparation for the mock interviews, students wrote cover letters in their English classes, typed their resumes during computer class and completed job applications in their Career Choices class.
“This was truly a schoolwide event,” said teacher Kitti Wheeler. “We are very grateful to Umpqua for their support of our school and students.”
Eight Umpqua employees volunteered to interview students and provide feedback. Additionally, the bank donated money to the school to help with the purchase of sweatshirts for Jobs for America’s Graduates students.
“This exercise is very helpful because I got to practice interviewing with a local professional,” said Jazmine Moffett, a Lakewood Career Academy 10th-grader. “Interviews are always scary, so I hope to use this feedback to increase my confidence.”