High schoolers in the area got a glimpse of what their future might hold today.
The annual Futurepalooza Career Fair at Minot State University is designed to help younger students identify potential career paths.
Becky Farr has more.
(Becky Farr/KX News) Futurepalooza at Minot State University gave high schoolers the chance to explore opportunities.
(Nikayla Wacha/Burlington High School Junior) “It gives you more variety of what you’re looking for, and it helps you determine what you want to do.”
(Farr) “With over 40 colleges and universities upstairs, students can see which schools they might like to attend and then come down here and see what kind of careers they might like to pursue.”
(Farr) The morning began with keynote speaker, Assistant Professor Dan Cotton, who says, “shift happens,” and it’s all about being open to shift to different career paths.
(Dan Cotton/Assistant Professor of Teacher Education) “I thought my whole life I would be in rodeo and involved with horses, and some shift happens in my life, and now, you know, I’m a professor of Teacher Ed.”
(Farr) Students at the Futurepalooza were able to choose from among 40 different career paths, from agronomy to radiology…finance to education.
In 20 minutes or less, each conversation was led by career professionals to prepare the high schoolers for life after graduation.
“So you’re looking at the big picture, not just your classroom environment.”
(Farr) Cotton says these students shouldn’t feel pressured to choose just one job for the rest of their lives.
(Cotton) “I went from, you know a meat and potaotes kind of guy, I’m a vegetarian now. I went from a football coach to I just sang in the opera. It’s funny where life sort of takes you and I hope that young people are open to it.”
(Farr)This year’s Futurepalooza Career Fair was the biggest one yet, helping over 800 students from 26 schools.
(John Mueller/Rugby High School Senior) “I think it is very beneficial because it helps us talk with college representatives and talk with people who are in that career to help us get a better understanding of what it is average day people do.”
(Farr)At Minot State University, Becky Farr, KX News.