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Life Beyond High School Years?

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:50 pm
by absand
Is there a thread regarding what resources other homeschool parents have found effective in helping their teenagers think about future career options?

Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:42 am
by MrBill
I haven't seen a specific thread, but its really up to what interests the person.

The average American changes careers fifteen times in their lifetime now.
Not just changing jobs, but totally changing what they do altogether.

So first pick what they love most, then what they love second, and then what is obviously something they are already good at but may not necessarily be thrilled with, something that could pay the bills with if need be.

Trying for an internship in the industry they are interested in helps.

For instance I interned in advertising, This lead to working in the industry for a year and a half and realized its disgusting trying to manipulate people to believe what corporations want them to believe. So was happy not to have spent four years in college learning how to be so deceptive.

This lead to working in pre-press, which when it existed, was fixing all the mistakes advertisers make. Lucrative, and I wasn't directly responsible for creating the nonsense, just polishing the turds.

Which eventually lead to video editing, which was more polishing, but with whizbang effects.

Which lead to my dream goal of making video games and being a home-schooling dad. Yay!

There was a lot in between, but it was all a process of discovery based on things I wanted or needed to try first.

Keep that in mind while planning the future.

Sometimes it takes meeting other people majoring in interesting subjects while in college to spark a career path. Community college is most effective for this, else it gets expensive to be finding ones path in larger schools.

Re: Life Beyond High School Years?

Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:19 pm
by Ramona
There are lots of great articles from the magazine on this topic, accessible at the very bottom of the forum index.


Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:48 am
by Theodore
The most recent ones aren't linked there yet, you can get a full list here:

There's a link at the top of the screen.