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HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter -- February 2009

HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter
February 2009--Career Development Planning During High School

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Dear Friends,

Are your teens being asked, "What do you want to do after high
school?" That question either evokes a feeling of uncertainty in your
teen, or he or she is ready with the answer. In any case, you can give
your children valuable information and direction by offering a career
development elective course during the high school years. As you think
about planning this course, we'd like to suggest possible components
to include.

Recognize Your Child's Talents and Interests

By the high school years, many parents can identify their children's
talents and interests. The next step is to provide opportunities for
your teens to hone these abilities by choosing some elective courses
of interest through which they can acquire skills in a particular
area. Additionally, these courses may introduce them to possible
careers such as archeology, computers, business, and journalism, just
to name a few. On our high school website, we list sources for such
courses, many of which were developed and/or taught by homeschooling

If your children don't have any clue as to the direction they wish to
go, then researching a number of different careers is a good starting
point. Another tool to use is a career interest test. Giving your
teens this test during high school can provide them with insight into
their natural inclinations and even passions. It can also help them
narrow down some careers to investigate. These tests
( vary in cost and
comprehensiveness, so learn what each one provides before deciding
which to use.

Research Careers

A good place to research careers is your public library. Your teen
should use the most recent data. Because this data is frequently
updated, it's better to use sources from the library rather than
purchasing your own. A couple of good starter books are Exploring
Careers: A Young Person's Guide to 1,000 Jobs by Jist Publishing
( and Guide to Your Career by
Alan Bernstein ( . Another
great source of information is the internet. Your teen can learn about
current trends in careers, salaries, job skills, as well as the
necessary educational preparation and training. For example, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor and Statistics provides helpful information for both
parents (as teachers) and also students (

Another component of research could be to interview people working in
the careers your teen is learning about and possibly job shadowing or
visiting their places of employment. Information from these interviews
can help in choosing types of courses to take while in high school to
better prepare for post-secondary training.

Use the high school years to develop necessary skills in areas of
interest. If your daughter is interested in music pedagogy, then
theory and music history courses will be helpful. For hands-on
experience, she may consider teaching a few students on a musical
instrument in her own "studio." If your son is fascinated by
computers, taking a course in web design, graphic art, or learning a
computer language may motivate him in his studies. Knowing that
certain careers may require more knowledge in a particular area will
provide you with valuable information as you make course selections
for the high school program.

Sharpen Job Hunting Skills

As part of the career development course, your teen should create a
resume and continue to update it throughout the high school years.
This project will help him see the importance of volunteer work,
extracurricular activities, and skills. For resources to help in
formulating his resume, check out our high school website
( as well as the College Board
site (

Help your teen to develop good interviewing skills by anticipating
possible questions he'll be asked and then writing appropriate
answers. You may also want to conduct mock interviews to provide your
teen the practice of answering unexpected questions. Your
conversations may also include discussions about the appropriate
interview attire and etiquette to use for different types of

Completing an employment application for practice will help your teen
to understand the type of information he will be required to provide.
Another project for your career elective course would be to have your
children create personal job files which can include their resumes,
contact information for references, letters of recommendation, past
employers, special projects they complete, and so forth. Having this
information handy will save much time when completing employment
applications or locating requested materials. Also take advantage of
career fairs advertised in your area. Attending with your teen and
observing the process may motivate him to think more seriously about
his future.

Sample a Career

Your career development course will be enhanced if the teen can
actually explore and experience several careers. Organizations such as
4-H, the YMCA and the YWCA often expose the teen to a variety of
careers and hobbies. Work-study programs, internships, community
service, and part-time jobs are other ways to see a career up close.
Your teen may want to try his hand at being an entrepreneur and launch
his own business while still in high school. Through all of these
types of activities, encourage your teens to form relationships with
people in the different careers. You never know when these networks
may be helpful to your child in the future.

For a biblical approach to thinking about possible future vocations,
we suggest reading God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life
by Gene Edward Veith, provost of Patrick Henry College.

Have fun as you explore the myriads of possibilities for your
children. We are blessed in our country to have so many choices. Don't
become overwhelmed by them but know that the Lord has gifted each of
your children, and He promises to lay out their paths (Psalms 37:23;
Prov. 16:9) by opening doors of opportunity at just the right time and

Next month we will take a look at college selection and how you can
use these high school years to prepare your teens for that next step.

Loving the work we do on your behalf,

Becky Cooke & Diane Kummer
HSLDA High School Coordinators

Additional resources:

A Word of Encouragement:
"No man [or woman] is poor who has had a godly mother." Abraham
The Lord chooses each mom especially for the children He gives you. Be
encouraged that you are doing a great work for Him today.

Online registration for HSLDA High School Symposium is now open!

Becky and Diane's Upcoming Speaking Engagements

February 20, 2009 -- Gloucester County Christian Home Schoolers
(Sewell, NJ) To register contact

March 7, 2009 -- Central Savannah River Area Home Education
Association (CSRA HEA) (Augusta, GA),

March 27-28, 2009 -- APACHE (Peoria, IL)

April 2-4, 2009 - MACHE (Minnesota)
(Becky & Diane)

April 17, 2009 - HSLDA Second Annual High School Symposium
(Purcellville, VA)
(Becky and Diane along with other featured speakers)

May 22-23, 2009 -- CheNH (New Hampshire)

June 4-6, 2009 - LEAH (Rochester, New York)

June 18-20, 2009 - CHEC (Colorado)

July 17-18, 2009 -- AFHE (Arizona)

-> How many acorns can a chipmunk hold in its cheeks?

We don't know! But we do know that gathering little by little
enables ordinary folks to prepare for hard times. That principle
is behind HSLDA's payment plan: by paying a month at a time,
families can receive an annual HSLDA membership. Meanwhile, they
can feel secure as they homeschool and focus on other priorities
-- their children. Don't go nuts trying to pay for membership all
once. Choose one of our convenient payment plans.

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