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Youth Career Day inspires Bastrop students

Bastrop students say the Youth Career Day held April 13 at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm Performing Arts Center provided them a strong guiding light toward their potential career paths.

Students from Bastrop High School, Cedar Creek High School and the Colorado River Collegiate Academy heard from a panel of local business and public safety professionals, plus a keynote speech from the Austin tech community.

Students participated in numerous career-information booths and a hiring stations set up in the PAC’s Black Box Theater and viewed displays of first-responder and military vehicles outside.

Kevin Koym, co-founder of Austin’s Tech Ranch, started off the morning with the keynote address. In 2008, Koym and Jonas Lamis founded Austin’s Tech Ranch to help technology entrepreneurs “take it to the next level.”

Koym challenged students to “find the work” they are interested in “and give yourself to it.” He said, “There are a lot of global challenges, and one of them has your name on it. Sometimes it takes a personal revolution to make it happen.”

A short film about how students should and should not conduct themselves during job interviews for H-E-B employment both informed and elicited laughter from the audience. Several students were filmed in actor roles – including one gum-smacking student in a tank-top – during simulated interviews by an H-E-B human resources professional.

For the full article, visit Statesman.com.