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Chicago Auto Show Hosts First-Ever Automotive Career Day

Friday, March 15, 2024 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

For the first time, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), producers of the Chicago Auto Show, hosted “Driving Future Leaders: Automotive Career Day” at the 2024 Chicago Auto Show on Tuesday, Feb. 13. More than 1,400 students attended the day that highlighted the vast career opportunities available across the dynamic auto industry.

“There are many career opportunities within the auto industry, and the Chicago Auto Show is the perfect backdrop to make those connections to young people,” said Morand. “The first-year event was a success, and wheels are already in motion to make the Automotive Career Day event even bigger and better for next year!”

The day kicked off with Teen Innovation Summit, powered by Toyota and Toyota Lexus Minority Owners Dealership Association, to highlight the variety of careers within the industry. The Teen Innovation Summit was produced by an award-winning educational nonprofit organization that helps students from diverse backgrounds to discover and navigate career pathways in creativity, technology, and business.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Chicago Auto Show,” said Teen Innovation Summit Founder Alissa Constable. “Together we are creating a dynamic environment to learn from leaders and be immersed in innovations in the automotive industry.” 

Students were able to join sessions with speakers from Northwood University and Women in Automotive, as well as meet one-on-one with representatives from Illinois Tollway, Powering Chicago, US Army, and the University of Illinois Solar Car team as part of the career fair segment of the event.

“The Chicago Auto Show was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the opportunities and growth in the industry, but the most beautiful thing is to look down the road to see the next generation leaders to innovate and grow in the auto industry,” said Kathy Gilbert, Founding Board Member of Women in Automotive.

The program concluded with a panel discussion “Career as an Automotive Technician” with representatives from Apple Chevrolet, BMW and the CATA, producer of the Chicago Auto Show. Following the sessions, students enjoyed the show, participated in interactive exhibits including test tracks, and spoke to representatives from the auto manufacturers and related exhibitors.

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