Deborah makes an impact on pupils at careers events

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Pupils of Brighouse High School have been learning about the importance of first impressions and presentation skills during various career activities.

Personal Impact Specialist Deborah Ogden joined other local employers to offer practical skills and guidance during a three day ‘Decision at 18’ conference for sixth form students. They were put through ‘cold’ interviews on the first morning with no warning or preparation. They were guided through job application exercises before being re-interviewed.

Deborah said: “It was incredible to see how the students’ confidence and performance improved over the three days. Competition for jobs is tough and these students now have the tools to present themselves in the best possible light.”

She highlighted the importance of first impressions with year ten students and spoke to year seven pupils about their future career paths.

Deborah joined local Brighouse businesses, including Accountants Sleigh & Story, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Martin Haigh of Latitude 7 and Andrew Hawley Solutions to play ‘What’s my Line’ and stimulate discussion on the world of work.

Organiser Lorna Aitken, from the school, said once again students have benefited greatly from the time, commitment and professionalism of local businesses.