More than 25 employers conducted mock job interviews with every Year 11 student.
The one-to-one interview sessions were organised by E4E, an initiative which aims to link employers with youngsters in a bid to create a better understanding about career opportunities and aspirations.
Businesses and organisations attended included HMRC, Derby City Council, Rolls-Royce and the University of Derby.
The students were given verbal feedback and the volunteers completed written feedback for each student.
Holly Dyer, project co-ordinator for E4E, said: “The interview process is quite generic but they are asked to give specific examples to back up their answers. They might be asked what they are most proud of or to tell the interviewer about themselves.
“The interviewer will give them hints and tips. The employers have all been very impressed with the students. They are really confident and polite and very articulate; they’ve got a real spark and know what they want.”
Andrew Lowe, from Marketing Derby, was one of the interviewers.
He said: “I’ve really enjoyed taking part in this session. The students have been extremely positive, confident and their answers to the questions were well thought out. They all seem to have quite clear aspirations and ambitions and they know what they want to do when they finish their studies. I hope this has been a good experience for them which has proved useful.”
Lydia Gretton, careers advisor, said: “We would like to thank all of the employers who kindly gave up their time to support our students and E4E for organising the session.
“A lot of our students will never have experienced an interview before so this is a great opportunity to gain an understanding of the process.
“We had some fantastic feedback from the employers and they were incredibly impressed with our students who gain so much from the interviews.
“Even if they are nervous beforehand the feedback they receive means that they leave feeling much more confident and informed about the interview process.”