Ex-students returned to Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy to inspire Year 9 as part of a World of Work Day.
Former pupils talked to current students about their careers at a series of workshops organised by Future First.
They included Philip Visha-Mlot, who attends Welbeck Military College, Nica Casandra, who is studying children’s nursing, Donna Fitzgerald, from Capita Travel and Events, Rebecca Muir, from Bex Star Dance company, Christina Wilford, a specialist worker in child psychology and Rachael Stevenson, an events and entertainment manager.
They talked to students about their daily working lives, the reality of work, the skills they need, tackled misconceptions and answered questions.
Emily Clifton, from Future First, said: “We wanted to give Year 9 an understanding of what the world of work is really like.
“We looked at common misconceptions about work, what a typical working day entails and the kind of skills they need to be learning that are relevant to the jobs that they want to do. It’s a good time to do it as this is the year they choose their options.”
Donna said she was pleased to return to support the event.
She said: “I think a workshop like this really helps students to understand what work is really like and how different it is to school.
“I think one of the important messages to get across is that if they have a job that they don’t enjoy they can always change it, it’s never too late to do that.”