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NORMAL — High schools students will have an opportunity to learn more about career paths and college at a conference from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at Illinois State University.

The College and Career Conference, organized by the University of Illinois Extension for McLean and Woodford counties, will be in the Prairie Room of ISU's Bone Student Center. The deadline for registration is Friday. Register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lmw.

The conference is aimed at teaching high school youth to be intentional about their post-graduation plans. It will include a career path question-and-answer panels, workshops and booths, similar to a job fair, where professionals from various industries will be present to answer questions about how to prepare for careers in their fields.

There will be prize giveaways and chances to win job shadowing opportunities.

Among the professions to be represented are agriculture, cosmetology, information technology, law enforcement, various trades and veterinary medicine. Representatives from ISU also will be present.

There will be three different Q&A panels, each focused on a different career path: military, trades and formal education. The latter includes colleges, community colleges and vocational programs.

The military panel will have recruiters from different branches describing available opportunities.

The trades panel will have training directors from different unions discussing apprenticeship programs.

The formal education panel will cover topics such as advice on preparing for college, admissions requirements, fields of study and campus life.

There will be workshops on building your resume, an opportunity to take part in a mock interview and a fashion show on what not to wear to a job interview

Information on how to use social media to market yourself for jobs will be presented by the manager for marketing and public relations for the McLean County Chamber of Commerce.

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