One of the employers at the job fair was Courtyard by Marriott. Mickey Edwards, the food and beverage director at the downtown Springfield hotel, said students need to start thinking about careers earlier.
“It’s imperative they get information now because the way it’s going, by the time they get out of high school, it’s almost too late,” he said.
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Students have opportunities to take courses at the local career tech school or their home school, Edwards said, and those classes can give students an important head-start.
“A lot of eighth graders and the kids this age are very undecided on where they want to do career-wise,” he said. “This gives them a heads up on what kind of education level they need, what jobs are offered.”
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South Vienna student Bryce Hajink said he already knows he wants to go into health science to become a physical therapist when he is older. He was spending time around those booths on Wednesday to learn more about those careers.
“I feel like knowing right now, I can take classes in high school and college,” he said.