OC students explore potential careers at Irvine-based science and tech companies

Nearly 300 students from Orange County high schools and community colleges got a chance to visit Irvine-based technology and life science companies this week during the second annual Irvine Career Discovery Day.

The Feb. 5 event was hosted by the Greater Irvine Chamber along with nonprofit partners Irvine Public Schools Foundation, United Way Orange County and Vital Link.

Portola High School students in front of the Vincit sign
Students from Portola High in Irvine visit the headquarters of Vincit California on Feb. 5.

“Irvine Career Discovery Day is part of the Chamber’s workforce development initiative,” said Bryan Starr, president and CEO of the Greater Irvine Chamber. “The event provides an opportunity for students to see first-hand the exciting 21st-century career paths available to them here in Irvine. Preparing our future workforce is key to fulfilling the Chamber’s mission to advance the economic vitality of greater Irvine.”

Edwards Lifesciences, EON Reality, Google, Kelley Blue Book – Cox Automotive, Parker Aerospace, Vincit California and Zillow all opened their doors to students and facilitated site tours, panel discussions and Q&A sessions. Representatives even shared details of their own career paths.

“Many of us remember how daunting choosing a career path seemed when we were students, so we’re excited to play a part in encouraging local youth by hosting this year’s Career Discovery Day at Google Irvine,” said Fred Faber, a software engineer and site lead at Google.”

Students from Anaheim High School, Santiago High School, Tustin High School, Cypress High School, Irvine High School, Portola High School and Irvine Valley College took part in the career exploration event.