Many of our students have never had an interview before. For many job applicants, or students applying to competitive courses at Oxford, Cambridge, and other top schools or competitive subject areas, the interview portion of the application can be an intimidating experience. This workshop teaches you why organisations interview, the technical skills behind a good interview and how to impress when you are invited to one. You will even get a chance to practise all the skills you have learnt familiarise yourself with the experience in a mock interview.
At OISS we take a holistic approach, helping students to develop skills outside their core academic courses. Below are examples of some of the skills workshops we offer to provide students with the tools they need to succeed, in life and in further study.
Our workshops aim to:
- Interview Workshop
- Debating Workshop
You will have the privilege to study debate in the world-famous Oxford Union! Debating is an excellent way to develop the skills of argument necessary in the tutorial environment, and every student will learn the rules of debating and useful techniques for public speaking. The session will culminate in a debating competition at this phenomenal and prestigious debating chamber, which has hosted many world famous speakers – from Winston Churchill to Richard Nixon, the Dalai Lama to Mother Teresa, and Diego Maradona to Shakira!
- Presentation Skills
Studying an academic subject is the core of any educational programme, but the content is only a part of what makes a good student. Learning to properly communicate and present your work, in writing or aloud, is an important skill for any ambitious student, and essential to learn for your future career. During our session, you will learn all about the art of how to present yourself, both in person and on paper. Personal branding is a skill that will have a life-long impact and has a range of different uses, from university and job applications to career and work presentations.
- Lateral Thinking Workshop
This session is all about thinking outside the box. Whilst critical thinking makes you look at the problems in a conventional way, lateral thinking is about suggesting inventive solutions. You will be pushed and challenged to solve tricky problems and tasks. This is an exciting opportunity to develop your own perspective on your studies, and prepare you for voicing your own opinion in your tutorials. You may have heard of some of the fabled Oxford interview questions which encourage lateral thinking as opposed to testing your knowledge. Our workshop leader will give you a chance to learn about approaching subjects from new angles!
"Thank you! Noah truly had an incredible experience, academically, socially and culturally. We know how powerful it was for him when we saw the tears in his eyes as we were pulling out of the train station."
- Jon, Father of Noah, Molecular Medicine
"The tutorials were amazing. My tutor was friendly, passionate, knowledgeable and engaging and the material was very, very interesting."
"I would recommend this summer school to anyone looking for an exciting, intellectual and transformative summer experience."
Eden, English Literature
"Looking back on this wonderful experience I'd say it provided me a solid insight into university life, as well as the subject of Engineering. I really recommend OISS for people who are looking forward to meeting people from all over the world, working hard and playing hard too!"
"I took pleasure in learning new things and approaching the subject of history from what was an entirely new perspective for me… I will never forget those two weeks and how every day… was filled with excitement."
- Sophie, History
"I am excited to inform you that I have been accepted to Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with the major of International Economics! I’m so thankful for my experiences at the summer school. One of my college essays was actually based on my experiences there."
- Christina, Economics
"The summer school was a “life changer” for Brett…Had Brett NOT attended the OISS he would not be where he is today or have the vision for attending university in the UK, including the academic requirements. His exposure to teenagers from across the globe at Oxford had a profound influence on him and really opened his eyes to what was possible."
- John, Father of Brett, Economics
"It gave me an insight into university life and the style of learning at university. It was brilliant, really fun and educational at the same time."
- Kirsten, Engineering