Homeschool high schoolers need to have Career Exploration Electives for their transcripts.
Career Exploration Electives
It is a good idea for homeschool high schoolers to include some Career Exploration electives on their transcripts. Career Exploration Electives help give SPARKLE to the transcript but also help a teen decide whether or not that subject would be a good college major or career.
One of my homeschool high school advisees for years believed she wanted to be a large-animal veterinarian- until she did an apprenticeship with her local farm vet. What she found was that being a large-animal vet was not compatible with her desire to become a wife and mother with a regular, stable homelife. (If she had done the Career Exploration course beforehand, she might have discovered that when covering her “values”- but life is a great teacher, anyway.)
One of my sons was interested in video production, so did an apprenticeship at a local commercial producer. He enjoyed the hectic pace and decided to go for that major in college.
Another son loved computers, so we made sure he had programming and other practical courses that he could do at home.
My daughter has always wanted to be a photographer. She began taking courses at the community college when she was a junior in high school.
Having worked with hundreds of homeschool high schoolers over the years, I thought I’d share some of their homeschool high school Career Exploration Electives.
When logging credit for Career Exploration electives, if using a textbook or syllabus course, the credit will be assigned. If logging hours, go by your local Carnegie unit requirements. (Note: sometimes apprenticeship or “real job” hours don’t correspond one-to-one with actual hours, check with your local umbrella school for their guidelines.)
Career Exploration Course
Take an actual course that comprehensively covers all the aspects of Career Exploration. Our homeschool high schoolers have done the Career Exploration Bundle, which is designed specifically for Christian teens.
Study an Interest by Textbook
Our local teens have done extra textbooks in interest areas as Career Exploration
elective. They’ve studied topics such as Anatomy and Physiology, Marine Biology, C.S. Lewis studies. (All of these were beyond core class requirements.)
High School Experiential Courses by Logging Hours
Our homeschool high schoolers have done many Career Exploration elective credits by logging hours in topics like Russian history, history interpretation, auto mechanics, art history. They have logged hours by reading books, writing research papers, going on field trips, interviewing professionals, shadowing, watching informational videos.
This is a great way to earn credit, as long as the student understand that their grade stays with them all the way through college (so no goofing off). Our homeschool high schoolers have earned Career Exploration credit in photography, graphic design, video production, equine science, literature, and various sciences.
Study a New Thing that Might Become an Interest
This is a great way to incorporate not-the-usual topics on the homeschool transcript. Some of our local teens have included “find-your-calling-or-weed-out” courses that were at the same time personally enriching. One of their favorites is Human Development (most of them did not go into the field, but they gained good life skills).
Volunteer in an Interest Area
Our local homeschool high schoolers have done great volunteering Career Exploration electives at local zoos, museums, and political organizations.
Join an organization
My homeschool advisees have really benefited by their experiences in Civil Air Patrol, the local hospital’s Explorer’s Post, and living history organizations.
Do an Apprenticeship
There’s nothing like an apprenticeship. It can be as simple as volunteering at the local veterinarian’s office, assisting a HVAC repairman, our clerking at the local accountant’s office. These have been valuable experiences for our local homeschool high schoolers.
But start at the beginning. Do our Career Exploration Bundle. That will get the ball rolling. Get your teen’s feet wet with our freebies: Career Exploration Questionnaire (about God-given role models) and Career Exploration in the Bible.