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I had contacted four people who I had known previously would give me a good afternoon’s craic and work. Four approachable people, who would be quite lively, innovative and interested in young people. It’s very important who you choose to do this. I had contacted them and sent them the sheet that the pupils were going to get for their activity so that they were fully aware of what was going to take place and what this game was about.

It involved them coming along to the school and being greeted by the pupils and then going round the tables of pupils and each pupil was allowed to ask one question each in their group. And the visiting speaker or the visiting interviewee was only allowed to answer yes or no. This made that the questions had to be well planned beforehand. Don’t give the questions to the pupils because that’s spoon-feeding. If you find that the pupils are finding difficulty coming up with the questions, do give them a few wee pointers of what they could ask. But we found that they didn’t have any difficulty and they had to put more thought into ‘What do we want to get from that question? What are they going to tell us? Is that detailed enough? We’re only allowed one each!’ It made them think a lot more, rather than giving them the questions to ask the visitor.

At the end of the set of questions, they were to write in four envelopes the post, what they thought the person did and the firm or public organisation they thought the person worked for. Location was not important, i.e., Draperstown, Magherafelt. They were not given marks on that. It was more on the detail they could come up with on what the person actually did. We had one person from the district council, We had a manager from Going Places travel agency in Cookstown. We had the bank of Ireland manager from down here in Draperstown, and we had John O’Hagan who is managing director of Specialist’s Joinery in Maghera.

The four speakers were excellent, and we had chosen wisely. They were great craic with the youngsters; the youngsters enjoyed it and were able to guess what they did. But the answers and the standard of answer would have ranged from, for example, ‘Works in the bank’ to another envelope, opening up, ‘The manager of Bank of Ireland’, which showed you the detail they were able to achieve from their questions.

And after the interviews, the visitors had agreed to stay for a few minutes afterwards and speak to the youngsters on how they feel that Year 12 students should leave their school – what skills or qualities they’re looking for, even taking someone for work experience – what they’re looking for. And the pupils were allowed to ask the visitors questions, and they did ask! Normally if you have a visiting speaker in, they’ll say ‘Are there any questions?’ and you get very few. These children asked, because they had already got over the initial hurdle of asking a question each anyway and they were full of interest and ‘How much do you earn? What type of car do you drive? Could I get a job in your place?’ So it was very worthwhile. It was very enjoyable and they didn’t even know they were learning and experiencing those skills from that activity.

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