'THEY ALL SOUND SO COOL': 300 residents find variety of interesting careers during job fair

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Mara Inghem and Linda Moser discuss technical career opportunities with Aerotek recruiters Jeff Terrell and Megan Esselman on Wednesday at the North Okaloosa Career Fair.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 11:29 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Kevin Hull wants to become a law enforcement officer. Mara Inghem is open to any challenging career. And Dustin Gillespie wants to move on from flipping burgers.

They and about 300 other job seekers have a better idea about local opportunities following Wednesday's Career Source Okaloosa/Walton North Okaloosa Veterans Career Expo. 

Hull, a 2013 Crestview High School alumnus, said while a law enforcement career interested him, he never knew specifics about the field until he met with Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office recruiters.

“I didn’t know there were so many special units,” he said. “They all sound so cool to me. I just thought I’d go on road patrols.”

The expo, which featured 40 vendors, was open to any area resident, though 11 veterans service, health and benefits organizations were available.

Walton County Corrections Institute Officer Mark Bird said agencies such as his welcome veterans, whose training makes them well suited to a law enforcement career.

“The veterans make a difference,” he said.



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