There are often days set aside for learning about careers in traditional schools. Kids bring in their parents to talk about what they do for a living, discuss what education is required, and do in-school projects relating to potential jobs kids may be interested in as adults. Field trips to fire stations and other public service jobs are also common. When you’re homeschooling, you may not have these kinds of opportunities. Fortunately, there are different ways to teach your children about various home care services.
Don’t be afraid to approach close friends or family about their jobs. Ask them if they are willing to talk to your kids about what they do for a living. If they aren’t sure what to talk about, suggest explaining what their overall job is, what they do during a typical day, and what kind of education they need to perform their duties. Be sure they also mention what they enjoy most about their work and what is most difficult. If possible, let your kids shadow someone at their work for a day.
Create a Job Family Tree
Much like creating a traditional family tree, this project involves talking to family members. Your kids talk to their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins about what they do for a living, then create a variation on a family tree charting the work each individual does. Discussions can occur around whether some family members have followed the same career paths, how the jobs are similar and different, and whether any are of interest to your children. This is also a great way to engage more fully with family members.
Career Exploration Online
There are many ways to explore career options online, including YouTube videos about specific careers and Ted Talks about various jobs. CareerVillage.org lets students of all ages register, then ask questions about careers that are answered by people working in those fields. It’s a great interactive tool that’s engaging, and in some cases, multiple people will answer a question. Comparing those answers can be enlightening.
Research Specific Occupations Online
There is a ton of information available about almost any occupation. Still, the most accurate information can be found in two locations: online job descriptions and company websites. If your child is interested in working with computers, look up job posts featuring the word computer and compare various titles and their descriptions, then compare and contrast.
You may also want to visit business websites that feature articles about the positions within their company. For instance, Provider’s Choice is a medical transcription and scribe service. Their website’s in-depth article about Provider’s Choice Scribe Services outlines the duties a scribe performs, what education they need, the importance of the job, and best practices.
Homeschooling allows you to follow the lead of what your child is interested in to tailor their education to their interests. Choosing a career path is one of the most important choices they’ll ever make. By providing them with lots of options, you can help them find the career that’s right for them.