"If you know now, then in high school you pick the right classes to get you there," Malcolm, an eighth grader from Smiley Middle School, said.
Malcolm is one of more than 4,000 eighth grade students who converged on the National Western Stock Show Complex Wednesday. The career fair had more than 140 exhibitors displaying jobs from medicine to construction to journalism.
"What we want the kids to be able to do is to really start intentionally thinking about their future instead of letting their future happen to them," Cory Canty, director of counseling for Denver Public Schools, said.
Before arriving students took a survey provided by College in Colorado to help them find which career fields they might be interested in.
This is the second year of the career fair and Canty calls it a wild success.
"We specifically designed this whole event to be part of the whole curriculum that they experience through the rest of the year," Canty said.
Malcolm says it's helping him think about what he needs to do in high school to pursue a career he didn't consider before the fair: journalism.
"You can make a path for yourself," Malcolm said.
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