March 3, 2017 at 11:45am
Dane Lisser

More than 20 Millikin graduates, who are now school administrators from across Illinois, came back to campus on Feb. 28 to donate their day and interview over 30 Millikin seniors as part of the School of Education's 5th annual Interview Boot Camp. The alumni helped the students prepare for what to expect in actual interviews.

The boot camp was started by a few alumni as a way to give back in their own way to Millikin. One of the alums was Tom Mahoney '90, superintendent of CUSD #220 in Oregon, Ill.

"It's a great opportunity for alumni in the field of education to come back and meet with students, and expose them to what the interview will be like for them," said Mahoney. "We give them three or four opportunities to not only interview with a real administrator but also get immediate feedback on how they can become better and more polished as they enter the workforce."

The boot camp included a panel discussion that covered topics such as what to expect as a first-year teacher and how to take advantage of networking opportunities.

Several Millikin students felt the event was a great confidence booster for future interviews including Matthew McCarty, a senior mathematics secondary teaching major from Belleville, Ill.

"I'm hoping to become certified as a high school math teacher," said McCarty. "What's great about the mock interviews is that I'm meeting principals, superintendents and people that are hiring in the field. I've gained valuable experiences in practicing interviews, making connections and getting feedback."