More than 1,000 students from around the Cobb County School District and Marietta City Schools caught a glimpse of the career opportunities awaiting them as they recently walked the floor of the Cobb Civic Center for Cobb’s third annual Future Fest.
More than 45 local businesses and organizations welcomed the students to learn about their available careers. Some hospitality-centered booths lured the students with the aroma of chili or the sight of mouthwatering cupcakes. Other students swarmed the booths boasting new technology like virtual reality goggles and drones.
“This is an opportunity for our students to see what the businesses in our local community have to offer,” explained Jackie Brown, Cobb Schools supervisor of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education.
According to Brown, the number of jobs in specific career fields, like construction and technology, are increasing. They are looking to Cobb students to help their growing industries.
Thanks to Future Fest, students were able to chat with drone operators, police officers, members of the U.S. military, a printing company, and everything in between. As students went from booth-to-booth, they asked questions and jotted down notes
The students were the interviewers and the companies were the candidates.
Will one of the companies get a call back from one of the student interviewers? Maybe. Maybe, in a decade, the Cobb students will return to Future Fest to recruit the next generation of students—this time as business owners and leaders.