Like many of her friends, high school student Haley Fox isn't sure what kind of career she wants.
She did get some ideas, however, at Thursday’s college and career expo center at the Palmer Events Center.
"I've never thought about being like an EMS truck driver, firefighter,” Fox said. “It's kind of exciting to see the different options out there."
That was the idea behind the event--to bring students, colleges and potential employers together.
"There are students here who have no idea what they're going to do after high school, or even if there will be something after high school, so we really want to show them what kind of jobs are here," Lonny Stern with Skillpoint Alliance said. "Every student is going to need something beyond high school, and what that looks like is different depending on the career you're going into."
The expo offered students a look at the world you can’t get in the classroom.
"A lot of students, when they think of Samsung, they think of all our products. They don't realize that we actually have a manufacturing site here in Austin," Julie Fisher with Samsung said. "It's a great example to show them how we actually smock up and it's necessary to do our work inside the facility."
Students are able to gain practical knowledge, and employers are able to establish relationships.
"Events like this is what the kids need to see, to observe and see what the real world is like and what happens outside the four walls of high school," Richard Fidelman with McCallum High School said.
Skillpoint Alliance also has programs for adults seeking new careers and job skills. Click here for more information.