A career symposium brought thousands of people to the Winnipeg Convention Centre on Tuesday, from high-school students to older job-seekers.

Now in its 17th year, the Rotary Career Symposium is hosting numerous booths were the curious can get a first-hand look at different careers and trades.

More than 13,000 people are expected to attend the symposium, which started Tuesday and continues on Wednesday.

Some booths offered interactive demonstrations to give job hunters a first-hand look at various trades, like welding and construction.

As well, new exhibitors this year include employers from the manufacturing and exporting sectors.

"Some of these jobs you'd think that they're actually really hard to get into, but it's not," Nicxon Dueck, 17, of Steinbach, Man., said Tuesday.

While Dueck said he hopes to have a career in law one day, he admits that his career goals may change after seeing all the many different options at the symposium.

But it wasn't just young students there — Kyanda Nlinlen, who moved to Winnipeg from the Congo five years ago, came looking for part-time work in babysitting.

"I want to babysit children," she said.

The symposium has seen more adults attending lately, "especially those who may be in mid-life transition, leaving one job to go to another, or retirees who are just looking for that part-time job but maybe want to try something new," said event vice-chair Rae-Lynn Rempel.