Career fair provides guidance for students

April 17, 2009 1:19:56 PM PDT
The economic crisis has created new concerns for high schoolers who are now wondering which type of career to pursue.Friday hundreds of Wake County high school students got some guidance at a job fair, and it offered more than just employers looking to hire.

A packed McKimmon Center transformed into career help central for 650 Wake County 10th, 11th and 12th graders. They were all looking for advice.

"What's going to be there in the future, and what's going to be the most successful opportunity for me?" Wake Forest-Rolesville senior Huston Spencer asked.

Green Hope senior Nikki Patel says she wants to be a lawyer, but she's zeroing in on how to go about that. "I'm not really sure what to major in," she said.

This year is the 9th year for the Annual Extreme Beginnings career event.

Most of the students were seeking ideas. "Looking for ideas for what I'm going to do in the future," said Wake Forest-Rolesville junior Tim Amble.

Nearly 40 employers were also there, looking to hire high school graduated. Some of them were offering internships.

Roundtable discussions offered advice from how to get your foot in the door to what not to wear during an interview.

It sounds simple, but with a sinking economy, any advice is good advice even for hopeful high schoolers.

"The market will come back up, it'll just take time," Patel said. "I know it will eventually."

"They've left inspired, they think they know what they want to do," said Megan Kirkpatrick of Wake County Schools. "We've seen their attendance go up. It gives you goose bumps a lot of times to hear those stories that you have made a difference."


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