For middle school and high school students in Austin, January means more than just going back to school—it means exploring future career opportunities with many local employers at the annual Youth Career Fest event.

This year, Youth Career Fest will be held on Wednesday, January 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Palmer Events Center. Students in grades 8 through 12 will explore new career fields, learn the required steps to entering different industries, and engage with career and higher education representatives.

In 2014, Austin Youth Council created this event to help their high school peers find the answers to their questions about transitioning to the workforce or to higher education. The number of participating employers has grown each year since then—in 2018, more than 140 local employers and higher education representatives attended.

If you would like to learn more about Youth Career Fest, contact Lexi Demos at lexi.demos@austintexas.gov or Dr. Chiquita Eugene at Chiquita.eugene@austintexas.gov.

Will you be attending Youth Career Fest? What do you hope to learn about at this year’s event? Tell us in a comment below!

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