Playing a game or climbing a windmill, Abilene-area students learn their next careers – Abilene Reporter-News

Playing a game or climbing a windmill, Abilene-area students learn their next careers – Abilene Reporter-News

Trey Jimenez pulled double duty earlier this week.

Not only was the Sweetwater High School student among nearly 2,000 students at the Abilene Convention Center for Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas’s World of Work expo, he manned a display.

Jimenez is president of District 9 of Texas DECA, a business and entrepreneurship organization similar to what FFA is for agriculture students.

Their group showcased for other visiting students a project Sweetwater High School’s DECA students have been working on: bringing eSports to the high school.

“A lot of kids play video games already, so the school is saying, ‘Play video games for us,'” Jimenez said. “We’re able to make new connections with classmates. Our eSports team has two freshman and three seniors on it, and it’s not usual that seniors hang out with freshmen. But we have to have that team bonding and team connections.”

Careers of the future

It’s not a typical career found at a World of Work booth. But eSports isn’t pushed on students as an expectation for students to become a “professional video game player,” Jimenez said.

That would be equivalent to pushing professional athlete as a possible career, he said. It’s not the most realistic option.

Instead, the focus during the event was on the careers surrounding those professional eSports athletes. Like event organizing. Or marketing, a career in line with DECA’s organization.

And there’s also the option of using eSports to gain
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