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Range Management Specialist Teryl Shryack conducts an interview with a high school junior interested in a range management career.
Range Management Specialist Teryl Shryack conducts an interview with a high school junior interested in a range management career.
Firefighter Gabe Harry congratulates a student on a well-done interview.
Firefighter Gabe Harry congratulates a student on a well-done interview.

Mock Interviews Prepare High School Students to Enter Workforce

By Sarah Beckwith, Public Affairs Specialist, Wind River/Bighorn Basin District

High School Juniors from Greybull, Wyo., recently had the opportunity to practice their interview skills on BLM staff from the Worland Field Office as part of their “Junior Interview Program.” In this program, students participate in mock job interviews conducted by real employers in their fields of interest.

Students prepare for this day in several ways throughout their high school careers. They create resumes, practice completing job applications, research specific career interests, and attend career fairs which provide insight on potential career choices in a variety of fields. As high school juniors, they choose careers they are interested in pursuing and the mock interviews are arranged.

This year, students were interested in BLM firefighting and range management careers. Firefighter Gabe Harry and Range Management Specialist Teryl Shryack conducted interviews on April 21. After the 30-minute interviews, Harry and Shryack evaluated the students, giving them feedback on how they performed and ways they could improve. In addition, students asked how they should be preparing for careers in these fields.

“I was impressed by how well-prepared and professional the students were,” said Shryack. “I think they now have a better idea of the kinds of careers the BLM offers.”


 
Last updated: 05-26-2010