We recently welcomed Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) to our Corporate Citizenship's Skill to Succeed program. To kick off the partnership, we hosted Interview 2 Impress (i2i) workshops at our Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney Accenture offices in Australia. i2i workshops provide our people with an opportunity to mentor young students and help them build the confidence and skills to ace job interviews. 26 Accenture volunteers ran three i2i workshops, skilling up to 60 students. Simone, Lexi and Anastasiya were three of the volunteers who took the time to volunteer for the workshop and shared their eye-opening experience.
“We started off with learning the basics of communication and confidence. We ran through a series of ice-breaker activities with the students, my favourite being the “Power Pose”, a technique used by social psychologist Amy Cuddy to involve confidence which we applied to building confidence before role playing job interviews,” shared Simone, who joined the Melbourne workshop for students of Hume High School.
“I really enjoyed getting to meet so many different students and help them be confident in their skills. Having access to Accenture people, who believed in their skills, really made a difference to them and it was very rewarding to see each student’s confidence grow over the workshop.”
For Lexi, who volunteered in Brisbane, ABCN stood out to her because she’s passionate about helping young people.
“There are young people who have not been taught some of the fundamental skills needed to join the workforce or have grown up in families with generational unemployment,” she said. “I am passionate about them having the confidence in themselves to stand tall, dream big and know that they can do anything they put their mind to.”
Lexi and Anastasiya, together with six volunteers, mentored students from Redbank Plains State High School. They spent the day with the basics including shaking hands, holding eye contact, and having good voice projection and posture. After this, they proceeded to lessons on things to say and not to say during job interviews, and then went on to role play interview practice.
Commenting on her experience, Simone said: “I realised how much the community gets out of having us volunteer, even if it is just for 3 hours. Being involved in this program means over 5,000 disadvantaged students in Australia will benefit from mentoring this year!”
Lexi added, “It’s easy to feel helpless when it comes to youth homelessness and unemployment, I know I do, but events like this really show that we can make a difference. We equipped students with skills that will genuinely equip them for whatever they pursue after school.”