Real Industry Job Interviews (RIJI) Program

The RIJI program is a career development program for students in Year 9 that works toward specific work-readiness skills including job search, resume and cover letter writing as well as practising an interview.



RIJI provides participating schools in the Banyule and Nillumbik regions with a curriculum-based schedule that can be delivered in class over eight weeks to support students to prepare for the practise interview day and help them with career development skills along the way.



Local industry and community volunteers provide their time as interviewers for the program. Most of the Volunteers commit a full day of support to the students in a life-like interview scenario including verbal and written feedback. Students receive this feedback to reflect and learn from their interview experience.



Students gain firsthand experience in the process of applying for jobs. Prior to the interviews, students undergo comprehensive preparation involving job searching, crafting resumess/cover letters, and honing interview skills through class-based activities. This culminates in a practice interview with a local volunteer.

Program Success

In 2023, a total of 7 schools participated: Montmorency SC, Charles La Trobe SC and Concord School, Bundoora SC, Our Lady of Mercy College, Greensborough College and Plenty River College

Total number of volunteers who participated in 2023 - 73.

Total Number of Students who Participated – 348.

2024 RIJI Program

This year, BNLLEN will be hosting RIJI in partnership with Banyule City Council and Nillumbik Shire Council. 11 schools and approximately 1200 students will be pariticpating in the program.

Get Involved

Seeking Industry and Community Volunteers

We are seeking volunteers to offer their time (either a full/half day at one or both events) and to interview students in a practise interview. Volunteers will be provided with the resume and job description for each student as well as some questions to help navigate the interview.



BNLLEN acknowledges and thanks the Banyule City Council and Nillumbik Shire Council for their continued support of RIJI, particularly supporting their staff to participate as volunteer interviewers.

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