Students at The Ripley Academy took part in mock job interviews and learned about different cultures as part of a whole school enrichment day.
A total of 120 year nine students were quizzed by employers including Rolls-Royce, Nelson Distribution, Amber Valley School Sport Partnership, EMET, Futures Housing and Willis Cooper Chartered Accountants.
Students were given an hour to prepare for the interview, looking at how to answer questions, body language and how to show that they have the right skills for a particular job.
Chris Endacott, assistant principal at The Ripley Academy, said the focus during the session was on employability skills.
He said: “The year nine students have never done anything like this before.
“It’s important that they start thinking about their future now and the skills that they are going to need and being able to perform in an interview is one of them.
“We would like to thank the employers who helped us with this session as we couldn’t do it without their support.
“All of our students found the interviews extremely valuable and we had some great feedback from the employers too.”
Student Cameron Webster, 14, is interested in a career in architecture.
He said: “I felt really nervous and I struggled to get my words out at first but then I relaxed. I think it was a good experience to have and I would like to do it again.”