Job Fair

Spokespeople of different local businesses came to Oakwood High School April 11th, speaking to the sophomores and juniors of the businesses and different job opportunities. Students learned of many different fields, including Lexus Nexus, Stephen’s Insurance, and even the army.

Spokespeople of different local businesses came to Oakwood High School April 11th, speaking to the sophomores and juniors of the businesses and different job opportunities. Students learned of many different fields, including Lexus Nexus, Stephen’s Insurance, and even the army.

A variety of students believe it has become more difficult to attain employment due to lack of businesses, and competition, especially in Oakwood.

“There are lots of unemployed people to compete with,” Brendon Turner (10) said of his eight month long job search. “It’s hard to find one in Oakwood.”

The small size of Oakwood and the few businesses open limit the number of jobs available, making the process difficult for many people looking such as Turner.

And while it may seem important for some to find employment, others simply aren’t looking. According to a survey, 42 percent of OHS sophomores, juniors, and seniors do not believe it to be necessary to have a job in high school and 58 percent do not have one.

“Students in Oakwood don’t worry as much about a job and money as other high schoolers,” Turner said.

Those students in Oakwood that do worry got a job his or her junior year simply due to money. Either they are looking to spend money with friends or save up for college. And many of these individuals are feeling pressure from his or her parents to become employed.

“It’s all about timing and opportunity,” Claire Vargas (12) Dorothy Lane Market employee said. “Even though it can be tough, it was really easy for me to get a job.”
It was easy due to her mother frequently visiting the store and her sister’s previous employment. “It makes it a lot simpler if you have connections,” Turner said.

Several surveys indicated that the individual found a job due to either a recommendation or a relative’s employment at the business.

To those who are currently looking to make money, the Job Fair held April 11 in the West Gym proved to be helpful and educational. An overwhelming 80 percent of those who attended the event found it very interesting.

“I wanted to gain responsibility and people skills for any job I’ll have in the future,” Vargas said of her reason for becoming a DLM cashier.

While some students are finding jobs and learning more of independence and responsibility, not all are taking advantage of the opportunities at hand. Even though finding a job may prove difficult, once attained, high schoolers can begin to educate themselves on the work force and future experiences.

The 42 percent of employed sophomores, juniors, and seniors prove that it is possible to maintain a job, school, and social life. They are preparing for their futures and the task of independence.

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