Lincoln seniors prepare for life after high school
LCHS senior Jensin Mason, 17, was interviewed by Mike Bastin. The mock interviews were designed to help the graduating class experience the interview process. Mason aspires to become a chef and one day own her own restaurant. (Photo by Katelynn Griffin)
Lincoln County High School collaborated with local businesses to provide graduating seniors with an opportunity to participate in mock job interviews last Friday. The senior English students are studying writing in the workplace, such as resumes and cover letters, and the mock interviews were a chance to apply the skills learned in the classroom to an actual interview.
Mike Bastin of Kentucky First Insurance knows what to look for when he’s interviewing for potential employees. “The type of person you are goes a long way,” Bastin said. The first student he interviewed was Jensen Mason, 17, an aspiring chef. He asked general interview questions, focusing mainly on personality traits. “We can train people, if they’re the right caliber person.”
Mason has taken several culinary courses in high school and has experience in an industrial kitchen. She found the interview experience helpful and will attend Sullivan University in Lexington where she is going to get an associate’s degree in culinary arts. Later she wishes to earn a bachelor’s degree in business. “Eventually I will open my own restaurant,” she said.
Nehemiah Wilkinson, a Kentucky State Police Emergency Dispatcher from Post 7 in Richmond also volunteered to be a part of the program. “I think it’s beneficial if the people who conduct the interviews are passionate about what they do.” Wilkinson is a full time student and a preacher in addition to his job, which gave inspiration to his first interviewee Shannon Gosser, 17. “It was very inspiring. My mom wants me to keep a job in college- if he can do three, than I can,” Gosser said. “It was very helpful. He told me some very good things about interviews and things I could do to improve.”
Gosser is starting classes at the University of Kentucky this fall and is seeking a degree in physical therapy. She already possesses some work experience; since November she has been working at True Chiropractic in Danville where she performs all the duties of a physical therapist.
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement K-9 Officer Matt Hutti said he thought the experience opened the students’ eyes. When he was in high school there were no mock interviews. “My first interview was an actual interview,” Hutti said. “The questions I asked are questions that they will be asked later on.”
Hutti’s first student interviewee was Skyler Caudill, 17, and he said it was intimidating to interview with someone you don’t know. “I wasn’t really prepared for the questions,” Caudill said. He is seeking a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University before pursuing a career in law enforcement.
Many students were nervous and they may not fully appreciate the experience until later in their lives, said Story. In all, 110 seniors participated in the mock interviews and next year all seniors will have this opportunity. Story had contacted more businesses, but overall was happy with the turnout. “We couldn’t do this without the community and the real professionals made this experience authentic for the students.”
The business that participated were Farmer’s National Bank, First Southern National Bank, attornies Paul Long and Tiffany Frith, Kentucky First Insurance, Walmart, Andrew’s Automotive, Jim May agriculture, Lincoln County Health Department, Lincoln County Board of Education, Fort Logan Hospital, The Interior Journal and the Kentucky State Police.