Sixty-four businesses from Baraga and Houghton counties crowded the Lâ??Anse High School gym Friday afternoon for the high schoolâ??s third annual career fair.
Ninth through 12th graders from Lâ??Anse, along with juniors and seniors from Baraga, had the chance to speak with professionals about their field.
What makes this career fair special is that it was organized by the Lâ??Anse seniors.
â??We had to start doing this when we were freshmen, too,â?? said Lâ??Anse senior, Jenna Hiltunen, who helped organize the event. â??You donâ??t have to make a direct decision then, but itâ??s good to get an idea of what you like so that you can start taking classes for those programs in college.â??
Many students say theyâ??re still undecided about their future plans, but talking with companies allowed them to see the wide variety of options available, even the opportunities in the Copper Country, from veterinarians to coffee shop owners.
â??It shows kids opportunities to see what they could possibly do in the future if theyâ??re unsure,â?? said Lâ??Anse sophomore, Damion Back.
â??They really donâ??t realize whatâ??s in their backyard,â?? said Rep. Scott Dianda, who was speaking with students about searching for jobs locally. â??Thereâ??s an opportunity to stay here after they graduate and get a job, and thatâ??s what we want to see.â??
The career fair wasnâ??t just for learning about different jobs, but students also heard success stories of finding a career youâ??re truly passionate about.
â??If you talk to someone that is really passionate about what they want to do, itâ??s like, â??Oh, wow! I want to be like that,â??â?? Hiltunen said. â??I want to find what I really want to do and be this happy about what Iâ??m doing at work.â??