Austin students get good advice at Youth Career Fest

Students hear from an ATCEMS medic at the Student Career Fest (KXAN Photo)
Students hear from an ATCEMS medic at the Student Career Fest (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Tuesday, Austin’s Youth Council (AYC) hosted its third annual Career Fest at the Palmer Events Center.

The free fest began at 9 a.m. and lasted until 1 p.m. It was a chance for various businesses and organizations to give students information about career and internship opportunities.

The AYC is a city program aimed to engage area high school students in local government. The event came about because the council wanted a chance to address high school students’ questions about their future careers.

About 1,000 students attended to learn more about their options.

Best friends from Nyos Charter school, Finn Cunningham, Blake Best and Ethan Powers, are all interested in working together in EMS.

“We’re really looking into the field, and talking to those guys has been really helpful,” Cunningham said.

Other students are undecided about their career path but got some ideas at the fest.

“We don’t really know what we want to do, so it’s nice having to see so many options out there,” Gabriela Contreras, high school student at Del Valle High school, said.

Gabriella Gutierrez, another high school student, is only sure she wants to help people and see the world but might’ve found an option that covers both goals.

“I learned about the airport. It’s like perfect because I want to travel,” Gutierrez said. “So if you work at the airport, you get some volunteer hours in and you make connections with airlines and people.”

HEB, Austin Film Society, Time Warner Cable and Hilton Hotels and Resorts were among the more than 100 participating businesses.

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