The unemployment rate for Central Texas stands at around 3.7 percent. This means those who want work are working.
It also means we are in the best job market for teens getting out of high school in the last 50 years.
That’s where graduating seniors come in, those 18-year-old’s are getting ready to walk across the stage and into new jobs.
Killeen ISD held it’s 2nd Annual Graduating Seniors Job Fair on Thursday, to help them succeed after graduation.
“It’s a workers environment out there, the employers need workers right now so it’s a really great opportunity for kids to come and land a job,” said Warren Kostencki, Career and Technical Education Program Advisor for Killeen ISD.
During the event, 450 seniors from all across the district met with potential employers.
“Maybe I can broaden my mind to something I wasn’t really didn’t know I was interested in, but I feel like maybe there’s definitely some stuff here that I wouldn’t know I would be,” said Garrett Perezm Senior at Harker Heights High School.
Just like students are looking for their next move, employers are looking for possible candidates.
“We’re always looking for help, correctional officers and our supporting staff, we have people that pay us, feed us, make sure we have the information we need to pass down to the inmates, yes we are always looking,” said Officer Maurice Powell, Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Senior Raven Stidom has already been accepted to Texas State University, but she wants to work while studying.
“I do intend to work while I’m in school, I’m going to be in school for quite a few years with my career plans,” said Stidom, Senior at Harker Heights High School.
She hopes Thursday’s job fair will help her gain experience with interviewing.
“Meeting employers and really get to step into the work field,” she said.
Because, there’s no better way to learn, than by going out there and just doing it.
“In school you are usually taught how to prepare for jobs, how to make resumes but then you are thrown out there later without really any training so something like this, a job fair gives them that chance to practice putting those skills to work,” said Lauren Vaughan, Marketing Team Lead at Chick-Fil-A.
The Killeen ISD seniors are graduating in June.