2月 2022年25日下午2点15分
Kendall Trump, Class of 2013

Millikin student-teachers practice interview skills, maximize networking opportunities

2月. 22, more than 40 future educators and nearly a dozen regional school district representatives took part in the Millikin University 学校的教育's annual Interview Bootcamp event. 由博士. 克里斯狡猾的, interim director of the 学校的教育, the event pairs Millikin student-teachers with education alumni to practice interview skills, provide feedback and develop professional networks among regional school districts.

"It brings back Millikin education alumni who want to give back their time to help our student teachers prepare for job interviews and to help them succeed in their first year in the classroom,“博士说. 狡猾的, who also mentioned that the interview bootcamp was, 他的知识, fairly unique to Millikin. With education alumni from across the state attending the bootcamp, Millikin students were exposed to a variety of perspectives, including smaller and larger school districts, 随着农村, urban and suburban school districts.

Millikin Interview Bootcamp

Following a panel discussion covering topics such as common challenges in the first year of teaching, common considerations for choosing districts and the use of social media for teachers, student-teachers were divided into small groups for 15-minute interview sessions with visiting administrators, superintendents and principals.

In previous years, interviews were typically held one-on-one between students and alumni, but Dr. 狡猾的 mentioned that for this year's event, they changed how the interviews were conducted to accommodate the large number of student-teachers. "Because of the sheer number of student-teachers here at Millikin, we've paired them into small groups and the dynamics have been fascinating,”他说. "It's a great way to maximize the networking opportunities."

Millikin students planning to enter the teaching profession found the Interview Bootcamp to be greatly beneficial to their preparations. 玛迪Erdmann, a senior majoring in early childhood education with an English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement, said the event helped her better understand how interview processes differ in the education field.

"The administrators and superintendents who came today have been helpful with giving feedback on what they are looking for when interviewing, along with questions to highlight and the timespan for answering questions,”玛迪说.

Erdmann, 还有梅根·特拉斯基, a senior math education major, agreed that Millikin has exceptionally prepared them for careers in education.

Millikin Interview Bootcamp

"I have been in an internship every single semester at Millikin, starting the first semester of my first year. I've been in both middle and high schools all around the area,“Trusky, who plans to teach middle and secondary mathematics, 解释. Erdmann said that she has also been involved in internships every semester at Millikin, at locations including Dennis Lab School, Baby TALK Early Head Start and Pershing Early Learning Center.

Although the students participate in mock interviews, the professional networks developed at the event can potentially lead to further interviews and even job offers. "It's all about networking. A lot of administrative alumni shared that either directly after this event or even months afterward, they were hired from someone they met at this event," Dr. 狡猾的说. "Some of these student-teachers may take jobs at these school districts in the future."

Dr. 克里斯狡猾的

The willingness of alumni to readily return to their alma mater to help future teachers is, to Dr. 狡猾的, what makes the event unique and beneficial to Millikin students. "It's not just about getting your degree from Millikin and then going out into the world. We want to establish lifetime relationships with these graduates,”他说, mentioning that the value Millikin places on their alumni connections and the Interview Bootcamp helped draw him to working in Millikin's 学校的教育.