LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - With corporate America cutting heads to keep up profits and CEOs trying desperately to keep their budgets lean, hefty hiring isn't likely to make a comeback any time soon. That's why it's more important for students to start thinking early about their career paths.
Students at Long Beach High School were able to attend a career fair put together by Career Service Counselor Connie Tucker.
Principal Peter Dabbs says the career fair is a great opportunity to allow students to see what the world has to offer as far as career paths. He also wants students to be aware of the many educational opportunities out there after high school.
More than 55 colleges, businesses and service providers spent time with students talking about how to create a plan for, and hopefully raise their expectations for the future.
"I was really surprised at the variety of people that showed up. It's good to expose those students who don't have the opportunity to get out and see these things," said senior Trevor Watts.
Junior Annie Nabors said she's happy the career fair isn't only showing what colleges you can go to, but also the different career paths you can take.
"A lot of kids don't know what career paths you can take. I'm one of them. I don't know half the jobs I'm able to do," Nabors said.
What's for certain is a bad job market doesn't mean your teen has to give up his or her dreams. Nabors said she wants to be in theater one day. Matter of fact, she has plans to get a dual major in theater and law. Watts says he plans to follow his father's footsteps, and be an anesthesiologist.
Senior Amber Runnels says she's interested in the marketing and advertisement business.
Either way, officials say, it pays to have a back-up plan. They say students should focus on careers in industries that will be booming over the next ten years.
"I'm going to school for something pretty general and recession proof. There's always going to be advertisement, so I think I'll always be able to find something to do, whether it's a dream job or not," Runnels said.
The career experts here say that's not a bad plan.