Excellent Advice from DH Alumna

Downe House Alumna, Jemima Atkins kindly returned to School in order to share her experiences and give advice to the Lower Sixth Form girls on preparing their CVs and job applications


21 March 2019

Lower Sixth Form girl, Emma reports,

“Advice from a Downe House Alumna, who has achieved so much and is so accomplished in her area of work, was really inspiring and I think it made us listen more intently in order to take as much away from it as we could. Drawing on her own experience, Jemima enlightened us on the do’s and don’ts of the job application process and was very good at answering our individual questions.

One of the most useful points that I took away from this lecture was the process of deciding on the relevance of each piece of information. With only a page to work with on your CV and covering letter, Jemima advised us that our choice of words and phrases is key in order to choose the right information to convey for the job you are applying for. Each application must be tailored to the job and must provide the relevant information to convince the company to give you a chance and invite you for an interview.”

Following Jemima’s talk, Dr Atherton from the Higher Education Department outlined the next phase of the Lower Sixth’s interview skills training in which each girl will be asked to apply for a fictitious job and be interviewed by representatives from an external company which will be excellent preparation for the real thing.

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