BPS eighth-graders attend career fair

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BISMARCK, N.D. - What do you want to be when you grow up? A common question kids get. Career aptitude tests are a common way to get kids thinking about their future.

However, it doesn't teach them very much about what careers are out there.

Students from Simle, Horizon and Wachter took career aptitude tests earlier this year.

The eighth-graders got to meet with real people working in the fields they are interested in Tuesday and Wednesday.

Find out what you're passionate about.

That's the goal of this career fair, to channel the energy students have toward landing a job.

“The kids already know what teachers do so what I'm trying to talk to them about is making choices for their future that are going to make them happy,” said Shawn Brink, BPS teacher and coach.

Each presenter is expressing what's most important in their field. For architecture and construction, it's safety.

“I really liked the business. I thought it was a really cool cluster because it's really open and you get to explore your options,” said Horizon eighth-grader Hudson Eckart.

About 80 percent of students in the United States end up changing their college major at least once, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

That's why you'll find these eighth-graders getting serious about their futures.

“I think it's important because it gives me a head start. College is really expensive now so instead of testing out classes in college you can do it now in middle and high school so you know what you want to do,” said Horizon eighth-grader Marilynn Goma.

On average, college students change their major at least three times over the course of their undergraduate studies.

There were presenters from finance, communications, health science and 13 other fields.

The students met with three different career clusters.

Teachers made sure that each student was able to meet with their number one choice.