Career Exploration

Carol Topp

Welcome to the Lessons on Career Exploration for Teens!

Carol Topp’s Career Exploration class is concluded with the material presented this fall. Carol also taught a Micro Business for Teens class last summer. We hope you enjoyed and benefited from theses classes. Both remain archived on the site for you to review at any time. Our thanks to Carol for two great courses on! – Ed., January 2013


My name is Carol Topp, and welcome to this eight-week lesson on career exploration! The goal of career exploration is to learn a process of discovery and research to make a decision on a career path or a college major to pursue. At the end of this eight-week class, a student may not know what he or she would like to be “when they grow up,” but they will know what direction to take for the next step in life.

No one knows the future, so don’t expect your teenager to have their entire adult life figured out as a high school student. All they need to do now is to try and get an idea of what the next phase of life might hold.

Many adults change careers and hold several different jobs over their working career. The same will probably be true for you.

I’ve had these careers as an adult:

Industrial engineer

Cost analyst

Church treasurer

Nonprofit consultant


Accounting software trainer

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)


Public speaker

High school teacher

See what I mean? Lots of careers. I never knew what would be coming next, but I tried to use the skills I was learning in each job for whatever came next.

I’m an author, accountant, and a retired homeschool mother. I homeschooled both of my daughters for fourteen years, all the way through high school. They are now both pursuing the next phase in their lives. I transitioned from being a homeschool mom to being a business owner by using my accounting education and homeschool experience to help homeschool leaders though my website, I also enjoy helping teenagers start a microbusiness through my books and website,

I developed these career exploration lessons from a class I taught at my homeschool co-op. I hope your students learn a lot about themselves and begin to think about some possible careers in the upcoming weeks.

Here is a look at the schedule we will follow in October and November. I’ll present these lessons over the next eight weeks. There is a suggested schedule over that time, but feel free to use these lessons as they work for you and your students. If you want to take two weeks on one lesson and hit another one quickly, feel free to do so.

Career Exploration Class

Lesson Plan

Week One: Decision Making and Discerning God’s will  (Suggested for week of October 15-19) Week Two: The Career Exploration Process  (October 22-26) Week Three: Individual Inventory of Your Talents and Interests (October 29-November 2) Week Four: Personality Tests  (November 5-9) Week Five: Career Clusters   (November 12-16) Week Six: Starting a List of Possible Careers  (November 19-23) Week Seven: Collecting Facts and Data  (November 26-30) Week Eight: Interviewing and Shadowing  (December 3-7)

Go to the December lessons.

Go to the November lessons.

Go to the October lessons.

Go to the September lessons.

Go to the August lessons.

Carol Topp, CPA ( and, is an author and accountant specializing in helping homeschool   organizations and microbusiness owners. She is the author of several books, including the Micro Business for Teenagers series and Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out. She runs a home-based accounting practice specializing in tax preparation, small/micro business accounting, and nonprofit accounting. Carol has presented numerous workshops on money management, business start-up, taxes, budgeting, nonprofit management and homeschooling to various community, church, and homeschool groups. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two daughters, both homeschool graduates.