Your Northwest Career Counselor- Wes Caruso

I graduated my high school in central Nebraska feeling I had no idea about what career I would end up with. The journey for me has been long and sometimes difficult before landing a satisfying career in school counseling with OPS.  That is why I have a passion to link students to opportunities that enlighten, prepare and match them to the many career paths a young person can take.

Considering five, ten or more years into the future of our students, I strive to prevent feelings of regret, not meeting potential, under-education and working a job that is dissatisfying for our young people. Missed opportunity can be heartbreaking. That is why I feel it is important to seize the day and make the best of the variety of opportunities available.  Please let my know how I can assist in helping people discover and pursue their career goals.

Wes Caruso, School Counselor


Northwest's Career Program


The vision of Northwest High Magnet School is to prepare students for the 21st century. Career education increases the chances of a satisfying and productive career. The Northwest Counseling Department is committed to helping students develop their dreams into a realistic plan after high school.

With no plan for a career, people tend to fall into careers out of convenience rather than interest and abilities. Hence, people are more likely to be dissatisfied. Career education increases the chances of a satisfying and productive career. Proper career education also allows the flexibility of a changing a career path and making the most of a chosen career field.

Five Phases of Career Education


Self Exploration

Career Exploration

Education for Careers

Opportunities and Programs

Work Permits

In the state of Nebraska children ages 14 and 15 are allowed to work but must have a work permit. The school can issue work permits through the School Counseling Office. The student must receive “Promise of a Job” before a work permit can be issued.

The work permit is a triplicate form. One copy goes to the employer, one to the state and one for the issuing party’s record (School). The form is filled out by the school and must include employer and student information.

Students may be told they must have a work permit when applying for a job. This is a little misleading. It sounds like a permit is needed to apply but students only need one before they start working. The typical application and interview process usually occurs before a job is offered. Then the student would obtain the permit from the school with the specific employer information.


14 and 15 year olds are limited to:

  • 40 hours or less during a non-school week, no more than 8 hours a day

  • 18 hours or less during a school week, no more than 3 hours a day

  • Must work between 7am and 7pm (during the summer the limit is 9pm) Special

  • Permits can be issued to work before 6am and after 10pm