Have you ever asked your teen this question? I have to admit I have! Finding what your teen’s strengths or passions are is key to finding their avenue of success. Of course, that’s exactly what should be done for the high school student. Homeschoolers have the distinct advantage of customizing a student’s high school learning to meet and exceed the expectations for a specific career choice. This gives the homeschool student an awesome advantage once they hit the doors of a college classroom.
Yet, for many students – mine included- their strengths may be broad and their passions may be limited. In my teen’s case, she really can’t settle on a particular career choice at this point. She is interested in library science, but that is not typically offered in undergraduate studies. So, we have had to look into similar and supportive fields for her to pursue for her bachelor’s degree. Then if she is still interested in library science she will have to pursue that major in a Master’s degree.
You see each high schooler is different. Some know exactly what they want to be right out of the gate. Others find it incredibly difficult to pin down what they want to spend the rest of their lives doing. Can you blame them? I mean really how many of us wish we could go back and change our majors? I have recently found a great site that lets your child test drive different career choices to see if one might be interesting. Check out their website at Drive of Your Life. So, as your student is navigating high school give them all the encouragement that you can, meet their learning needs as best as you can, give them opportunities to shine, and always let them pursue their strengths. You can never go wrong by sharpening and honing skills that your child shines in. Whether or not they know exactly what they are going to study in college… their strengths will usually be their guide!
Jamie Gaddy, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. has been an education professor for over 17 years. She is also a pastor’s wife, freelance writer, and entrepreneur who now homeschools four of her six children (ages 9-15) in a sweet tea sippin’, wrap around porch sittin’, sweet southern Georgia town. Jamie is also a contributing author at Online Education for Kids and MomSCHOOL