Irrawang High School students participate in Dress For Success program

Participants and volunteers at the workshop with one of the mannequins students dressed for success.

UNEMPLOYMENT figures are down and that makes finding work even harder for school leavers.

To aid their transition into the workforces, students from Irrawang High School recently participated in a ‘Dress For Success’ program.

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A group of the school’s female students have participated in three workshops, providing the opportunity to build confidence and be inspired by the wonderful volunteers who have selflessly dedicated their time to fostering the independence of young women.

Lue Fagan of Irrawang High School told News Of The Area, “Receiving high praise from all the students who have attended, the workshops aim to build skills in self-awareness, recognising one’s strengths, body language, and making a good first impression.”

The girls participated in fun activities like dressing mannequins for job interviews, with demonstrations of what not to wear and how to dress appropriately, while the workshops were tailored to the specific career aspirations of the girls.

“Throughout the day, the students grow in confidence, becoming more proficient in speaking about themselves and their choices, overcoming the common challenge of speaking about themselves and their skills,” she said.

Year 10 students Chenae and Kylee thoroughly enjoyed their visit last week.

“The amazing volunteers made us feel welcome and they valued our opinions,” Chenae said.

“We learnt about interview skills, and to prepare for an interview,” Kylee said.

Accompanying Irrawang High School teacher Ms Liddell described the Dress For Success volunteers as “a true inspiration”.

“They possess an innate sense of style, flawless posture, poise, and impeccable manners,” she said.

“From the moment students walk in and are personally greeted at the door, the workshops are designed to teach even the smallest details, such as how to shake hands and maintain eye contact,” she said.

For young people on their first endeavour to enter the workforce confidence is key and this initiative has certainly made a difference for the participants.


Irrawang High School student Kaylee at the workshop.

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