Over 50 professionals from City Year UK’s corporate and other supporters recently joined its 120 London volunteers (known as corps members) to offer one-to-one interview practice. The session concentrated on exploring different ways the corps members can communicate their City Year experience to appeal to employers.
Geoff Mizen, Global Transaction Services and Megan Pearson, Corporate Communications at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) told us about their experience:
“BofAML’s Global Transaction Services (GTS) EMEA team support City Year UK as its ‘selected charity’ and as part of this, regularly participate in training and development sessions with its young volunteers.
“Eight of us from GTS and Corporate Communications joined the interview skills afternoon, where each person from BofAML ran mock job interviews with two City Year London volunteers. We then discussed how they felt the interviews had gone and where they thought they could improve before we shared our own perspectives. We looked through their CVs and discussed their strong points and how these could be highlighted even further. While the volunteers had crafted impressive CVs and held strong interviews, they still appreciated our feedback and ideas.
“Our afternoon wrapped up with everyone comparing it to a song title, and for us it was ’The Edge of Glory’. Not only did the City Year London volunteers make us feel as though our contribution was worthwhile, we felt inspired by their energy, inquisitive nature and selflessness – no doubt they have a strong future ahead of them.
“We were delighted to have taken part in the afternoon and encourage others to do the same.”