Heaven Kuhn, left, a senior at Springfield High School, hands her resume to Lynette Newton, from The Ohio Masonic Community, as Kuhn and fellow seniors Fred Almon and Madison Brown talk to Newton about employment opportunities at the school’s second annual Career Fair in April. More than 20 local employers were on hand to talk with over 150 students about career opportunities locally. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Springfield officials urge younger people to pick up summer job

The weather is getting warmer, and school is almost out, so Springfield economic officials said now’s the time for younger people to start thinking about jobs for the summer.

The U.S. Department of Labor reported from April to July 2018, the number of employed people from 16 to 24 years old increased by two million to 20.9 million, and about 55 percent of young people were employed by the time July came around.

This time of year is also when a lot of recent college grads hit the job market.

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Amy Donahoe, director of Workforce Development with the Chamber of Greater Springfield, said the chamber has been working to host events to show younger workers that plenty of opportunities exist here locally.

“You have to get the students out there to see it with their own eyes,” she said.

Donahoe mentioned how careers such as manufacturing are evolving into specializations like computer manufacturing, and students no longer need to go to a four-year college to make a decent living.

She also stressed that summer jobs can help kids develop soft skills like being on time and taking responsibility — skills that employers tell the Chamber are lacking in many employees.

Director of Economic Development for the City of Springfield Tom Franzen also added that even in a few months of summer work, kids can get real-world experience that they can build on for years to come.

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The Chamber and Ohio Means Jobs of Clark County are hosting a job fair coming up Tuesday, and Donahoe said there will be a designated time at 1 p.m. for high school seniors to visit the job fair and explore opportunities.

The Springfield City School District hosted a career fair for students earlier this month.

Companies that attended included Woeber’s Mustard, Gordon Food Service, Assurant, Security National Bank, Westfield Steel, Springfield City School District, Kapp Construction, The Ohio Masonic Home, Mercy Health, Benjamin Steel, Lee’s Famous Recipe, McGregor Metalworks, Valco Industries, Yamada, Ohio Means Jobs, Speedway LLC., Developmental Disabilities of Clark County, and Springfield Fire & Rescue.

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