While Project Everest operates to aid the social development of the developing countries, another of its core focuses are to foster the personal developments of students and ultimately assist in their employability. If you have been wondering how going on Project Everest will help you in this area, this blog is for you. As a student, we face many times where we are required to answer behavioural interview questions – whether it be if you are applying for a Scholarship, University Program or a Part-time job, or even that Grad role! What’s great is that a lot of these questions can be easily answered by reflecting on what you have learnt and experienced during your time on Project. Things we tackle daily in country on Project help you to personally develop and foster your skills.

For example, working with your team of 8-9 students from diverse backgrounds that you have met only 1-2 times previously immediately demonstrates your ability to adapt and work in new environments in a team setting. What’s great about working in an inter-disciplinary team is that it shows your ability to work with others and play to each other’s strengths and skills. This is a key skill that recruiters or interviewers will be looking for when asking about your ability to work in a team – as well as cooperation and collaboration with these team members.

The blocks you face in country when working on your projects are great ways to talk about your problem-solving or decision-making ability. Or, you can even use these experiences to showcase your innovation and creativity. Maybe you were the one in your team to suggest a new turn to take for the Project? Or maybe you figured out a more efficient way to undertake the current direction the Project was already heading? This example can also be used to highlight your flexibility and adaptability.

If the role you are applying for involves an international aspect – your involvement in Project Everest highlights your cultural competence and ability to adapt to different cultures.

There are many aspects of Project that develop your soft skills, as well as the training you receive at Trekker Training. I recommend for trekkers that have previously been on project to sit down for a few minutes and have a think about what skills you’ve gained in project. You’ll be surprised to see what you’ve gained and how you can use these examples to nail your next interview.

Natasha Ricardo
Water Infrastructure Sustainability Initiative, Timor-Leste, December 2016
Bachelor of Commerce, USYD

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