The organizer hopes to make it an annual event.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Nicholas Inchak is keeping his options open.
The 19-year-old Youngstown State University student plans to get a nursing degree, mainly because he likes medicine and people. So what was he doing at a job fair Friday?
"I'm seeing what's out there," Inchak said. "It doesn't hurt to know more about what you can do."
He stopped by several tables at the Mahoning Valley Youth Fair, sponsored by the Mahoning and Columbiana Training Association. The job fair lasted all day and was targeted toward 18- to 25-year-olds. About 70 people had come through by 1 p.m.
Among the employers at the fair: the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, health care facilities and Home Savings and Loan.
Anthonie Jackson, a job developer for the training association, said a job fair for young people is a first for Youngstown, but he plans to make it an annual event.
Jackson said he would like to see employers get over their fear of hiring young people. Many employers see young workers as irresponsible, but Jackson said that's not true.
"Sometimes older people can be stuck in their ways," Jackson said. "But young people are moldable. You can train them."
Jackson works with young people entering the job market. He tells them to show up, get along with co-workers, stay on the job and be responsible.
"I tell them there's a hidden job market," he said. "Don't just sit around and talk about how you can't get a job. Go out and talk to people. It's a matter of preparation. If we prepare our young people better, the jobs will come."
Sometimes people tell him they don't like the job they've been offered, Jackson said.
"I say, 'Just work hard while you're there. You don't have to retire from there.'"