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Career Planning for Homeschool Teens

by Julie Shepherd Knapp, copyright 2006

Resources for assisting them in their career planning efforts.



Career Considerations

ACT's World-of-Work Map -- a visual look at different kinds of careers

US Dept Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook -- training and
education needed, earnings expected, job prospects, what workers do on
the job, typical working conditions (choose from occupations listed on the
menu to the right, or search a particular job)

The Career Interests Game from Western Illinois University,based on
Dr. John Holland's theory that people and work environments can be
loosely classified into six different groups.  Typical occupations (both
degreed and non-degreed) are linked to each type, and also links to
careers associated with each major (under "What can I do with this
major?).  Also, check with your local college career centers to see what
free resources it provides.

Career Cruising -- a professional quality interactive career guidance
software available by subscription, pricey but a 30 day trial available,
also check to see if available at local libraries and college career centers

Career Vision -- a consulting service that will assess your student's
career aptitudes and help them with career planning

Reality Check -- how much will your "dream life" cost you? gives a tally
of monthly expenses and examples of kinds of jobs that pay in that range

Do What You Love and You'll Starve by Marty Nemko -- stresses that
people should be realistic about their chances of succeeding in highly
competitive fields

Mothers, Don't Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Game
Developers -- an inside look at game industry work ethics

Low-Risk, High-Payoff Self-Employment Ideas by Marty Nemko --
some business avoid the six major sources of risk



Related Issues:

Building the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Community Service Opportunities

Self-Disclosure of Learning Disabilities in the Beyond School
Years -- by Paul Gerber, Ph.D.
(back to)
high school concerns
(back to)
homeschool basics
We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements in life,
when all we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about. -- Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)


"Don't ask yourself what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive
and go do that, because what the world needs
is people who have come alive." --Howard Thurman