High school is a critical period in students’ life since they have to make choices about their future career under the guidance of their parents. Parents can encourage kids to explore their skills and interests and thus help them in their career choices for future.
High school is a crucial phase in students’ life as they need to decide their future through exploring career options and choosing advanced courses of study as per their decision. Homeschooling parents realize more of the responsibility on their shoulders as they need to guide their kids in each and every spell of their activities whether they are scholastic or non scholastic. Their proper care plays a major role in leading their teens in the right road to success through right selection of their career with a focus on their inherent talents and likes.
Choosing one’s career is not simply academic oriented and it is not sheer grades that decide the future course of action for a student. It depends more on his interests, attitudes and aptitudes in his academics and extracurricular activities that help him choose a career that suits his mentality better. Parents can help kids explore their options by allowing them to analyze their skills, flairs and interests and come to a conclusion about their likes and dislikes which will decide their course of study and action in future.
Here are a few ideas about how parents can help their kids explore their career options when they are at high school while homeschooling.
Praying to God
Praying to God is not simply a religious matter but it actually brings in positive vibes in a kid, especially when he is about to take major decisions in his life. By praying to God to show the right path in their career choice, kids develop a strong optimism about their future activities which in turn leads them in the right path.
Asking God to show role models
Since God sends his message through some messenger, kids can pray to God to send someone who would show some light on their decision by way of being the role model. For many, it acts as a good sign that they get a right person who would be their mentor or whom they can follow as their example. Online tutoring services are an excellent option in this regard with their counseling help for strugglers in career choice.
Seeking the opinion of near and dear about the kids’ career choice
Kids can ask their siblings and friends to assess their skills and talents. It can be music, art and drawing, Science or Math or any area in which they have interest and talent. When they get to know about their plus and minus through others, they are able to come to a good decision about their right domain in career prospects.
Reviewing previous year’s performance
By going through the previous year’s performance in academic and nonacademic areas, kids can decide which areas are their favorite ones and which they do not like, where they excel and what they need to shun.
Perspectives differ. For some kids money matters a lot and for some a life full of exciting events may look better. By asking them to define the value of life according to their mindset, parents can come to a conclusion about guiding them in the career path that suits them well.
Exploring the interests
Parents can question how kids like to spend their free time which they get all of a sudden. Suppose the computer crashes down and the child is not able to do anything for the afternoon, what next he would decide to do? Going for a ride or swimming? Taking a music class or planning for a family dinner? Such questions allow the kids to probe into their psyche and find out what lies inside their heart and mind.
Giving them some real life experience
By getting an apprenticeship for kids in their areas of interest or helping them get some shadowing experiences in the fields of their interests, parents can help them taste the flavor of their interests and decide how they have to head for it in future.
Giving them a career interest test
Asking kids to attend career interests test like MyNextMove.org is a great way to help kids pick up a career of their interest.
Checking websites that bring forth a picture of future career prospects
Helping the kids check websites like Occupational Outlook makes them understand how job market will be in future. It helps them decide their options for career according to the ideas revealed about job market in future on such websites.
Doing something along with praying
It is not just praying that will make kids do wonders in life. They have to translate their ideas into action like searching out websites, picking out areas of interest and so on. Doing something is important along with praying.
Thus, parents have methods to help their kids delve into their selves and pick out their interests and skills that lead them onto good career choices. High school is the time to do so and it is not sheer scores that will decide one’s inner likes and dislikes and they come out to the surface only by self exploration. This turns out to be a major work for parents and kids since the end product is successful future with a good life for kids.