Nov 9, 2020

Virtual interviews prepare students to get jobs

Students practice interviewing with HR pros
Students practice interviewing with HR pros

Ready – set – interview! Christel House South Africa Grade 12 students gained valuable practice for job interviews when they met with HR Professionals during virtual one-on-one speed interview sessions. “I learned so much,” says Zarah A. “All the matrics that interviewed learned so much.”

Using video conferencing technology, 15 HR experts made up the interview panel from a variety of industries including banking, property, hospitality and technology sectors. Students were paired with an HR professional from the industry that they have a strong interest in pursuing. Each student had to prepare a CV and research the company prior to the virtual interview. They were even given mock interview scenarios to adapt to. The interviewer scored each student, providing constructive feedback ranging from how prepared they were, how they answered questions and their interview etiquette. “The current economic climate is tough and even tougher for those who are just starting out in the work force,” says Louise de Marillac St. Julien, Career Development Manager at CHSA. “This event gave our matric students experience conducting themselves professionally in interviews and having the opportunity to talk one-on-one to experienced professionals.”

The Speed Interview event is part of the Christel House College & Careers program that provides financial, academic and career-oriented assistance as students transition to college, apprenticeships and work.

Jul 14, 2020

Providing urgent support for kids and families

Sathya V., a 2017 graduate of Christel House India, is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. But she says the COVID-19 pandemic has made life for her and her family even more difficult. The lockdown means her family has no income. In this tough situation, Christel House understood our difficulties and is supporting my family and others in my community,” she says. Jaison C. Mathew, CEO of Christel House India understands the urgent need. “Our families are struggling to survive. Christel House is providing packets of food and groceries, along with face masks and sanitizers to all our students and families, he says. “That’s the priority for us, right now!  Sathya is grateful. “We are thankful to Christel House India for reaching out to us in these tough times.”

Jul 14, 2020

Alum returns for Career Day

Career Day at Christel House Indianapolis brings professionals from different businesses to share their experience with students. Cheri Walker-Owens, a 2014 Christel House graduate and a Junior Security Engineer for the State of Indiana, was a featured guest for the annual event.

She launched her IT (Information Technology) career after graduating college. For her presentation, Cheri engaged students with an interactive quiz about online safety and computer-security. Brittany, a senior, discovered a potential career through the presentation. “Cheri gave me an idea of what it takes to get into IT.” Cheri’s own interest in cyber-security started during her years at Christel House. “I used to play around with computers when I was little,” she says. “Then I took a programming class and I knew this is what I wanted to do.” Cheri believes the College & Careers program is one of the most valuable parts of Christel House. “Now that I have graduated and I am learning what an adult life involves, I’m really glad that I had Christel House to give me the skills and opportunities to get a good foothold in life."

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