Career Connections: Student Resources
Students in Grades 11 and 12 who are interested in completing an internship should visit Ms. Carson during Study Hall, Senior Project Seminar Class, break, lunch, or after school to discuss possibilities.Career Connections
Junior Class Job Shadowing Field Trip
More information coming soon during their Advisory session on October 26th.Career Connections
Water's Edge Gingerbread House Decorating
A select group of art and culinary arts students will spend the day working with the head pastry chef at the Water's Edge Resort and Spa decorating their five foot gingerbread house. See Ms. Carson for more information.Career Connections
Business/Finance/Marketing Industry PanelCareer Connections
Are you ready for career success?
Career Connections experiences offered at Westbrook High School give you the chance to:
- think about and explore possible occupations with businesses and industries that you may not have thought about;
- connect classroom learning to the real world;
- practice skills in real-world scenarios;
- develop soft skills (professionalism, communication, teamwork and initiative);
- observe professionals in action;
- create a network with potential employers; and
- develop and improve your personal professional branding.
Why bother? Because employers are looking for experience and training. In a recent nationwide survey of small, medium and large companies in the public and private sectors, employers were asked about attributes that influenced their decisions to hire a job applicant.* Did you know:
- 82 percent of employers say that completing an internship is very or somewhat influential in their decision whether to hire an applicant?
- 92 percent say that completing an internship in their industry was very or somewhat influential in their decision whether to hire?
- 77 percent of employers say that holding a leadership position in school or an extracurricular organization is very or somewhat influential in their decision whether to hire an applicant?
- 72 percent of employers say that being involved in extracurricular activities (clubs, sports, student government, etc.) in high school is very or somewhat influential in their decision whether to hire an applicant?
- 74 percent of employers say that having a high GPA in high school is very or somewhat influential in their decision whether to hire an applicant?
Participation in Career Connections activities help you develop employability skills and attributes employers are looking for.
Visit Ms. Carson to learn about opportunities to participate in:
- job shadowing
- industry/business informational panels
- mock interview workshops
- resume feedback forums
Ms. Carson can also help you learn about career pathways available to you. She can help you find business and community mentors for your senior project or your community service graduation requirements.
*Visions of the Future, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Research Findings, 2019.
From time to time, employers contact Westbrook High school with opportunities for employment. Stop in to see Mr. Bialicki or Ms. Carson with questions you may have. Check back often, as this list will be updated when new opportunities come up. Here is the most recent list of opportunities:
- Essex Meadows is hiring part time servers for their dining room and for their nursing home. The pay rate is $14.00 per hour, and there are opportunities for scholarships if you plan to attend college after high school. Stop by Essex Meadows office for an application, or email the Human Resources Director, Ms. Michelle Davis, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Timberland at the Clinton Outlets is hiring part time sale associate positions for around 2 to 5 days a week. They can work with school/sports scheduling, looking for around 2-5 days a week for part time Associate position. They are looking to fill positions from 3:30 until 8:30 Monday through Friday and all day on the weekends. To apply go to: https://vfc.wd5.myworkdayjobs.
com/en-US/Timberland_Retail_ USCA_Careers/job/USCA--USA-- Connecticut--Clinton-332--- TBL/Timberland-Sales- Associate--Clinton-Premium- Outlets-332-Clinton--CT-_R- 20210815-0007 If the link doesn't work, you can go to timberland.com/careers, search Clinton under Retail Jobs, and it will pop up.
- Dunkin Donuts in Westbrook is hiring. The manager, Michael Quinones, is a Westbrook HS graduate, and he would love to hire you! Call him at the store at 860.399.7008. He is happy to do a Zoom or in-person interview.
- Aerie in the Clinton Outlets is hiring. If you are 16+ years old, you can go to work at their new store. The manager is a 2012 Westbrook HS graduate who says, "We are very flexible with scheduling for part-time associates and make sure they maintain a work life balance." Visit aeo.jobs, or stop by the store.
- Old Navy in Westbrook Outlets is hiring. Call 860-399-2363.
- Westbrook Congregational Church is seeking a high school student who can work on Sundays from 8:30 until 11:00a.m. through the summer and into the fall. They are looking for someone who can help with the livestreaming of their worship services. They are amenable to working with the right person to give occasional Sundays off. Contact Ms. Carson at the school office for more information.
- Right at Home, located in Old Saybrook and serving all of Southeast Connecticut, helps senior citizens remain independent in their own homes. Right at Home is hiring and offers excellent employment for students interested in working in the medical/nursing field. They provide flexible schedules, mileage reimbursement, on the job training, and $14.00 to $15.00 per hour, depending on the case. See Ms. Carson for more information.
- Nautical Needles is seeking part-time workers now. Willing to hire now for a few hours each week with the ability to work around the student's schedule. Increase hours during summer. See Mr. Bialicki for more information.
Tidbits of Useful Information
- *NEW* Click here to watch the recording of the Advanced Manufacturing Industry Panel. Westbrook Career Connections, Junior Achievement and the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce Virtual Career Fair collaborated to produce a virtual Advanced Manufacturing Industry Panel. Watch the recording to hear some wonderful advice from leading manufacturers in the Westbrook area. They provide excellent advice and share opportunities for employment. Participants included Bo Bradstreet, moderator, Executive Recruiter and Consultant, Bohan and Bradstreet; Oliver Bausch, President and Owner, Bausch Technologies; Jeff Dickey, Executive Vice President of Hydraulics, The Lee Company; Bill Neale, Director of Operations (retired) Radiall USA; and, Christopher Heyl, Vice President of Operations, CiDRA.
- *NEW* Click here to watch the recording of the Government Employees Industry Panel. Westbrook Career Connections, Junior Achievement and the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce Virtual Career Fair collaborated to produce this virtual Industry Panel. Panelists provide excellent advice and share opportunities for employment. Participants represented the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the CT Judicial Branch, and the CT Department of Public Health. The panel was moderated by Sumayya Ayoub, Senior Education Manager at Junior Achievement.
- Discover Healthcare Administration is a website loaded with information about joining the world of Healthcare Administration. If you are interested in the health sciences but don't want to be a doctor or a nurse, healthcare administration is a great choice for you. This site tells you more about the work, the types of careers available the the college degree requirements . See the Student Resources below for the link to the website.
- University HQ is a website that offers information about careers, requirements for careers, and the best colleges and universities to pursue postsecondary studies in those fields. Rankings are based upon retention rate, graduation rate, admission rates, cost of tuition, graduating salaries, number of programs offered, online programs offered, load default rate, diplomas awarded, and percentage of students receiving financial aid. The site also informs you about the types of jobs that are available and the growth rate for those jobs in addition to how much salary you can expect to make. If you are not sure about your future career right now, this is a great resource for you. See the Student Resources below for the link to the website.
- Tips for Virtual Interviewing provides tips for success when you are scheduled for a virtual job interview. The tips are also useful for virtual college interviews. See Student Resources.
- Click here to watch the recording of the Sports and Sports Entertainment Industry panel held in spring 2020. Professionals from the industry described their occupations and career journeys and gave students some important tips for career success.
- Preparing for Employment is a resource that helps prepare students interested in going to work. It provides students with information about the jobs prohibited for minors, minimum wage requirements for minors, allowable work hours, and how to obtain "working papers" required prior to beginning work. See Student Resources.
- Youth@Work Safety Training is a two-part virtual safety training required for all Westbrook High School students interested in participating in an unpaid internship. See the Student Resources below to access Part I and Part II, as well as a Youth@Work handout. Both are narrated PowerPoint presentations which take approximately 30 minutes each. Information about completing the safety training assessment is provided at the end of Part II and much be completed prior to beginning the unpaid internship.
- Developing a Compelling Resume is a resource to provide support for students and their parents who want to develop or improve their professional brand. The resource is written with the student in mind, but many of the tips in the resource are useful to adults who are considering changing their current employment and need tips for writing a compelling resume that gets the attention of hiring managers. See Student Resources.
- Consider an apprenticeship in the building trades as a post high school education option. Apprenticeships offer tuition-free training, and you get to earn while you learn on the job. Click here for information about apprenticeships in the construction trades (electricians, brick masons, carpenters, construction workers, boilermakers, painters, pipelayers, etc.).
- Click here for a video of the Medical/Health Industry Panel discussion on December 10, 2019. Professionals from the industry described their occupations and their career journeys. Learn what you can do in high school to be successful in the field.
- Career/Job Shadow Experience: Westbrook High School recommends that students participate in career or job shadowing experiences throughout high school so that you can learn about industries and occupations. Career/Job Shadow experiences happen during the school day. Students in Grades 9 through 11 are invited to participate in an annual school-sponsored grade-level job shadow experience, but you are also encouraged to shadow independently. You are excused from classes to participate but you must see Ms. Carson to gain necessary permissions to miss classes. If you are interested in participating in a Career/Job Shadow Experience, see Ms. Carson in the Guidance Office.