CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. -

Montgomery County school leaders are working to prepare their students for the real world.

Saturday, a vocational showcase was held at the Christiansburg Rec Center. It offered students a first-hand look at various careers.

Many times, jobs in hands-on fields aren't offered in a traditional academic setting.

That's why organizers set up various stations with instructors to show young people the various jobs they can pursue.

Rick Weaver, with Montgomery County Schools told Your Hometown News Leader,

"From auto mechanics to welding, robotics, cosmetology, culinary arts a whole variety there's a lot of offerings that give students a chance not only to learn skill sets but to learn if that's really the skill they want to pursue."

Weaver adds that too many students leave high school without a clear plan about what they want to do.