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Top Tips for Choosing a Career

Top Tips for Choosing a Career
Choosing a career for your child is not something you need to do in high school, and it's certainly not something you can do for another adult. So let's talk about my top tips for helping your child choose their career path. 1. Choosing a career is u...
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College and Career Planning for Teens Who Will be Famous

College and Career Planning for Teens Who Will be Famous

College and Career Planning for Teens who will be Famous

Guiding your child with their college and career planning when sports or music is their passion can be difficult. It is also very necessary. Things change a LOT with sports-minded and musically-inclined kids over time. A simple injury can change the trajectory completely. I encourage you to guide your children as if they will go to college at age 18, applying as normal. That way, when they are 19 they can apply for college but also take a gap year for their special ability or other major events. If their plans are stalled, for whatever reason, they will be able to get a degree while they wait to return to professional careers.

What about Age of Graduation?

It's normal for public school children to graduate at age 17, 18, 19, and 20. Once they turn 21, they are no longer allowed in public schools. So graduating high school different ages is somewhat normal. Remember that you can continue to change your mind about when you will graduate your child until you declare him to be a junior for purposes of the National Merit Scholarship.  Even then you can still "graduate early" if you decide he was a junior and then change your mind and graduate him a year early.

When young adults become about 18 years old, something changes inside of them, and they want to be an independent adult. It's almost impossible to homeschool an independent adult (try it on your spouse sometime and you'll see what I mean, LOL!). So although you might want to homeschool past age 18, that may not work out. In fact, it's very possible (perhaps even likely) that the sweetest, most compliant 15 year old will turn 18 and then very sweetly, compliantly, and gently refuse to be homeschooled. It's not a sin, by the way, it's just the way God made kids - we have been raising them to become adults. It's almost impossible to imagine this situation until it happens to you, so think about this issue carefully.

 College Degrees for Athletes and Musicians

If this is the direction your child is leaning towards, it might be most helpful to suggest a business degree when looking at college and career planning. Look at it this way, if there is a likelihood they will succeed at sports, the thing they will need MOST is good business sense. They will need to earn money, raise money, manage money, market their abilities, and then keep their money.

So what I often tell moms in this position is to have a conversation like this with your child. "Sweetheart, of COURSE you are going to be famous. Because of that we need to plan ahead for your long term success. To be successful for the next 10-15 years, you are going to need a college degree in business to manage the business side of your athletic career - so you can manage your money and read a contract."

 Gap Year

You can also consider a gap year after graduation. Normally it's used for something meaningful - and these huge events with sports, music, mission work, and others could certainly qualify. Read more here:

Article: Gap Year: Time Off for Good Behavior
Coffee Break Book: Options After High School: Steps to Success for College or Career

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Career Assessment for Homeschoolers

Career Assessment for Homeschoolers

If you are stressed out that your high school teen hasn’t found a career interest yet, relax. Some kids decide on a career when they are very young, and others don’t decide until much later.

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How Do I Help My Child Develop a Post High School Plan?

How Do I Help My Child Develop a Post High School Plan?

Is your child nearing the end of their high school journey? Are you afraid that they're rudderless, without a plan? Click on Lee's video below for help creating a clear post high school plan with your child.

Does your child have a plan? Will it be college or career after high school? Let me know in the comments below!

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My Kingdom for a Horse!

My Kingdom for a Horse!
Joelle writes >>>"What if your child has a career goal in mind and you have no idea where to begin, or how to find the resources?  Her goal is to be a wrangler at summer camp as soon as she's eligible (around age 17).  The job is an absolute perfect fit for her.  One problem - she needs to keep up her horsemanship and learn stable management skills...  but... the horse?  My kingdom for a horse!  It looks impossible.  How does one achieve the impossible?!?"<<<

I have been in that exact situation!  My son is a gifted piano player, and for the longest time he learned to play using an 50 year old console piano with no music stand, hopelessly out of tune!  It wasn't until Alex won the full tuition scholarship that we could afford to buy him a nicer piano (a very small baby grand.)  Of course, at this point he'll be leaving home soon, and the piano is merely a way of luring him back home on a regular basis!

If you simply can't afford something (as we couldn't for about a decade) then you can do two things.  You can look for it in other ways:  ask friends, neighbors, at church and work and community events, until you can find a reasonable substitute.  We did that.  Asked everyone we knew if they had a way to get a good piano.  It never happened but it was worth a try.

So we moved on to the second strategy - finding a mentoring situation that had what we needed.  Try googling about horses, equestrian-something, and ranches.  Ask with a local vet!  In other words, pursue the activities, the passion of her interests, and not necessarily the piano.... errr.. I mean HORSE!  Find activities for her to do with horses, and at some point she may not even notice that she doesn't actually own one herself.

In other words, don't look for the horse - look for the experience.

While you're at it, remind your daughter that dealing with horses would be fun with a Vet Tech degree!  That degree takes a lot of math and science.  Maybe with her love of horses, you can encourage her to really work at math and science.  That will give her a head start in ANY horse related field she goes into later!

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