NW Youth Careers Expo

March 16-17, 2021 | We're going virtual!

The 17th annual NW Youth Careers Expo will take place as a virtual event, allowing high school students to engage with employers and postsecondary partners for community-based career exploration. We’re using a dynamic conferencing tool that allows attendees to connect within a visually rich Exhibit Hall and Auditorium.

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What to expect: The Expo will feature a virtual Exhibit Hall where students and educators can “visit” booths to learn about different organizations. Exhibitors can share materials and videos about their workplace, and they can host chats to answer questions. In the virtual Auditorium, students can hear Career Talks and engage with professionals.

Timing: The official Expo will be “live” over two afternoons, with hosted exhibitor booths, career speakers, and mock interview opportunities. Students and educators will have full access to the Expo, including recorded talks and booth materials, for 30 days after the event.

More about the Expo: The annual Careers Expo is the Northwest’s premier career-exploration experience. In a typical year, we welcome about 6,500 students from 75+ high schools in Oregon and Southwest Washington to the Oregon Convention Center, as well as 195+ exhibitors representing the state's leading employers and postsecondary partners.

Check out Expo2Go, an additional online resource for students and educators.

The Careers Expo shows students the region's amazing diversity of career opportunities, along with the skills and education needed for those jobs. The typical Expo includes hands-on learning, demonstrations, mock interviews, career workshops and the chance to talk directly with professionals about college-and-career options. The 2020 NW Youth Careers Expo was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The nonprofit Portland Workforce Alliance organizes the event. The Expo's goals are to connect employers to their future workforce and help students make informed, inspired decisions about their education after high school, whether they choose a four-year university, community college or apprenticeship training center. PWA works with employers to support partner districts and to ensure access to students from underserved communities and underrepresented populations.