Job Market Doing Well For Tulsa Youth

Opening day is still a few weeks away, but but behind the scenes new careers have already taken the field.

"When I got this offer I jumped on it," said 24 year-old Ethan Hooker, fresh off the boat from Georgia, doing ticket operations for the Drillers.

"I'd never been to Oklahoma before, but it just kind of seemed like a neat fit," he said.

Also new...

"Came here from Kansas city," said Spencer Hurst, 22, in group sales."I didn't really know the size of Tulsa, I just wasn't really familiar with it but coming down here I've been pleasantly surprised with how everything's gone," he said.

And overall, when it comes to youth working in Tulsa, everything's gone pretty well over the past decade.

"Well I'm not very shy, so I'll definitely take all the credit as an organization," smiled Isaac Rocha of Tulsa Young Professionals.

It was back in 2005 that Tulsa Young Professionals launched, founded to halt the region's brain drain. Today they've got over 7,000 members.

"We host about 80 events throughout the year, so we have many opportunities for young professionals to get plugged in," he said.

Young careers taking off as fast as a transaction at QT, which coincidentally...

"We tend to have a whole bunch of young faces working for the company," said Mike Thornbrugh.

With 70 stores in the T-town area, QT is one of the largest employers of young people getting their first job.

"We have an awful lot of people that work for QT during the high school career, then they go off somewhere to college, but they come back for the summer time and they want to keep working for us," he said.

Also starting out young, 16 year-old Brad Nail at NYC Pizza.

"You gotta buy extra stuff, right?" he smiled.

When he's not in school or playing baseball, he's honing his work ethic at the pizza parlor.

"It helps me multi-task cause I'll have stuff in the oven that you gotta pay attention to, then the phone, the cash register, so I mean it kind of helps in about everything," he said.

Youth at work in Tulsa, with an energy for the future that's tough to keep up with.

"Guys like me, I'm too old to work in the stores I couldn't do it," smiled Thornbrugh.?
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