What got you over the line?

Previous winner’s tips for the Semi-finalist Judging Day

So you’ve made it to the Semi-finalist stage in your individual award category – congratulations!

You’ve been selected as one of the top 10 in your category in WA and you should be really proud of your achievement. The competition will be strong, you’ll be up against amazing people just like you. So how do you stand out? How do you get yourself over the line and into the WA Training Awards 2015 alumni?

Here are some wonderful words of advice to help you prepare for your interview from some of our previous winners. And you’ll find a recurrent theme – be yourself!

Regina Richardson, WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2014


What got you over the line?

“I was genuine and honest. I forgot about what I thought they wanted to hear and spoke directly from the heart.”

What’s your hot tip for this year’s applicants?

“Let it flow and ensure you draw in every person in the room. They are there to listen to you yarn about your training journey. So think about that before the day. Where have you come from? How did you get here? What are you going to do in the future? What sets you apart? Don’t be shame about talking yourself up either, they can’t read your mind so tell them straight out why you’re so deadly.”

Geoff Franklin, WA Apprentice of the Year 2014


What do you think got you over the line?

“I think I just demonstrated a genuine enthusiasm and passion in the representation of my journey.”

What’s your hot tip for this year’s applicants?

“Be prepared. Know your story. Be passionate. Be communicative. It really doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks or does or looks like on the day. Simply be the best you can be. Believe in yourself, because to even get to this point, you’re already a winner.”

Natasha Farr, WA Vocational Student of the Year 2013

Natasha Farr 3 (for portrait crop)v2

What’s your hot tip for this year’s applicants?

“Just be as authentic as possible. Instead of telling us how passionate you are, show us how interested you really are in what you are doing. Try to give examples that are well rounded, don’t just focus on academics or community work specifically.”

Jacky Cheng, WA Trainer of the Year 2013

Jacky Cheng(Trnr) (credit photographer)

What do you think got you over the line?

“Of course I was nervous and in doubt of whether I could go as far as I wanted. I realised the pressure was unnecessary as it was never about ‘winning’. It was about the golden opportunity to share my story and make a difference.”

What’s your hot tip for this year’s applicants?

“No one knows your story better than you do. Be genuine and never underestimate yourself or what you’ve achieved thus far because everyone else believes in you! That’s why you got shortlisted for the interview! Your passion and commitment towards your work will naturally shine through if you open up and show them what it’s like to work in your industry and how you’ve nailed it!”

If you have any questions about the Semi-finalist Judging Day, don’t hesitate to contact us by telephone on 6551 5608 or email at trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au.


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