Luis Carreno is a Waukegan Excessive Faculty senior working part-time for a giant field retailer. With commencement lower than a month away, he sees a possible profession as a sheet welder.
“The pay is nice, and so they pay you to go to highschool, too, he mentioned. “They mentioned they’d educate us every little thing we have to know. This has actually helped me get some concepts. I’m going to maintain wanting.”
Carreno was one in every of 1,500 Waukegan Excessive Faculty juniors and seniors who realized about potential careers after highschool throughout a Waukegan Tech/Commerce Honest Friday on the Washington campus, studying about careers from greater than 60 potential employers.
Chad McMillin, a counselor at the highschool, mentioned he organized the occasion on the Washington campus the place the juniors and seniors attend so they might find out about good expert jobs that are each obtainable and in demand.
“Waukegan college students are struggling, particularly these previous two years,” he mentioned. “I needed to do one thing for them. They’re good employees, and I would like (employers) to see that. Not everyone seems to be school materials.”
Potential employers ranged from native producers like Medline and AbbVie, to union representatives, to actual property firms, to the Waukegan police and fireplace departments, to navy recruiters from a number of branches of the US Armed Forces.
A number of labor unions had representatives on the occasion, together with Paul Brown of the Mid American Carpenters Regional Council. He mentioned an apprentice can earn $42,307 their first 12 months, and by the point they grow to be a journeyman after 5 years they’ll anticipate to earn greater than $100,000 yearly.
“It’s not nearly constructing buildings,” Brown mentioned. “There are a number of different issues. We pay them whereas they’re studying. We provide well being care advantages now, and whenever you retire. That’s crucial.”
Valeria Pacheco, a highschool junior, mentioned she was impressed speaking to representatives of AbbVie. She favored the pay provided and the forms of skilled-labor jobs the worldwide, North Chicago-based pharmaceutical producer had obtainable.
Jeremy Picard was one in every of three folks on the occasion representing AbbVie. He mentioned anybody 17 or older was eligible for a summer time internship, which implies there’s a direct alternative for juniors.
Picard mentioned summer time internships for expert laborers included alternatives for plumbers/pipe fitters, HVAC and industrial mechanics. Whereas the internship can result in a profession, it is usually an opportunity to see what working there’s like.
“We provide summer time internships with our expert commerce crew,” he mentioned. “It provides them an opportunity to see if that is one thing for them.”
Ashley Vasquez, a highschool senior, mentioned the concept of working for the hearth division as a firefighter or paramedic appeals to her.
“I’m concerned with well being points as an EMT,” she mentioned. “I like that I will probably be serving to folks.”
McMillin mentioned he additionally invited representatives from the Glen Flora, Northmoor, Exmoor and Shoreacres nation golf equipment. He mentioned caddying is an efficient alternative for college students in search of a summer time job. It additionally has networking potential.
“They get to rub elbows with a number of vital folks,” McMillin mentioned. “They’ll see the youngsters are onerous employees who will stand up early to hold their luggage across the course. They’ll make actual good contacts.”