brs: School to Work FAQs

School to Work FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will BRS work with me while I am in high school?

Yes!  You can invite a BRS counselor to come to your school Individual Education Plan (IEP) team meeting.  Your parents or other adults involved in education may also call for you. 

Meeting with a BRS counselor early will make sure that you and your family understands the differences between what your school provides and what assistance BRS can provide. 

It is best if you meet with a BRS counselor before the end of your junior year to learn if you are eligible.  This meeting will also help you plan for your career and give you a path to follow when you leave high school.

  • Will BRS work with me while I am in college?

Yes, again!  If you did not start working with BRS while you were in high school, you can contact an office near you to apply for services. 

You and your counselor will develop your steps to employment (called an Employment Plan).  If postsecondary education is part of your path to employment, you and your counselor will include postsecondary education as one of the steps on your way to your career. 

  • Am I too young to work with BRS?

BRS typically works with young adults who have disabilities in their last two years of high school.  Occasionally, BRS will work with young adults who have multiple barriers to employment as early as age 14.  Contact the BRS liaison to your high school (see the link with the regional list of BRS counselors) to talk about when it might be best for you to apply. 

  • Are you ready to work?

The State of Connecticut allows 14 and 15 year olds to work in some types of jobs for a limited number of hours.  However, there are lots of great ways to learn workplace skills.  Having responsibility for chores in your home, helping family and friends with projects, paper routes, babysitting and volunteering are all excellent ways to develop these skills.  Employers say that the most important skills anyone can bring to a job are universal.  Getting to work on time, knowing when to take a break and returning on time, knowing when to ask for help, dressing appropriately, interacting with coworkers and customers in a helpful, friendly way are just a few. 

These kinds of early activities also help you learn about your skills and strengths as well as helping you identify any areas where you might need additional training or support.




Content Last Modified on 5/12/2010 4:15:27 PM