STUDENTS picked up valuable tips for their futures by taking part in a series of mock interviews with professionals.
Around 150 pupils at St Hild’s Church of England School, in King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool, were asked searching questions about themselves and their prospects.
The exercise was designed to prepare Year 11 children for interviews with employers, colleges and training providers after they finish their GCSEs next summer.
Among the careers students said they wanted to enter were accountancy, social work, teaching, hairdressing, acting, engineering and sports coaching.
They were asked what they knew about these occupations and what qualifications they thought they needed.
Interviewers firing the questions included staff from the armed forces, Hartlepool Power Station, town business Regent Travel and the Hartlepool Mail.
Cleveland Police, Hartlepool Sixth Form College and chemical giant Huntsman Tioxide were also represented.
Rachel Gilhespie, the school’s head of work related learning, thanked interviewers for giving up their time and added: “It gives our student valuable preparation for interviews later in the year so that they can sell themselves as well as possible.”