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Students Learn About Potential Careers

Hundreds of students for 10 school districts meet with professionals
ALLEGHNEY TOWNSHIP, BLAIR COUNTY – The Blair County Convention Center was packed with those students, who had the chance to talk with professionals about what their life could be like, after school. Turns out, many learned more than they thought they would.
 
"Nowadays there's a lot of pressure on you, there's a lot of competitive jobs just to know what you want to do now," said Danielle Ferrell, sophomore at Bishop Guilfoyle.
 
And to help relieve some of that pressure, the Blair County Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Clubs teamed up, to offer hundreds of sophomores from ten different school districts a look what it takes to make it in the work place.
 
"There's plenty of opportunity, in all different facets and careers, available for them to stay local but in the same time, prepare them, if they would like to leave the area, what would be available for them,” said  Pat Miles, of the Altoona Lunch Rotary Club.
 
Before coming to the career fair, students filled out a questionnaire to figure out what career they were leaning to. From that, they narrowed it down to four different fields, and from there, got to talk to the professionals.
 
"It was more important because in school they don't really talk about all your options, because they're teachers, they talk more about that, and if you want to be in the medical field, there's really no one there to talk to, so you got to learn more," said Madison Kawtoski, sophomore at Altoona Area School.
 
But for the students, the career fair was about more than just figuring out what their options are, it was about learning what they'd be doing every day.
 
"I learned that I want to be a lawyer I always wanted to be a lawyer, after this experience I learned what they do on an everyday basis, and I liked it," said David Snyder Hollidaysburg Area School.
 
"I learned what the typical day is, what the pay is, how hard it is to go to college, how important it is to get good grades in high school."
 
Students say this helped them better understand what to expect when they're applying for college.

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