How to Use This Course
Career Exploration as taught by Carol Topp on SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a course designed to help your teen learn a process they can use to discover what career path or college major to pursue. It is not designed to tell the student exactly what they will do with the rest of their life, but only a possible direction to take next. There are informative articles, self-inventory worksheets, relevant worksheets, and inspiring true stories to encourage your student. Your student can explore career possibilities and discover talents and interests they may not realize they possess. These lessons are best taken in sequential order as the lessons build on each other as they progress.
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, some students may not know what they 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 his entire adult life figured out as a high school student. All he needs 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 your teen.
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, HomeschoolCPA.com. I also enjoy helping teenagers start a microbusiness through my books and website,MicroBusinessForTeens.com.
I developed these career exploration lessons from a class I taught at my homeschool co-op. I hope you learn a lot about yourself and begin to think about some possible careers in the upcoming weeks.
Informative articles, self-inventory worksheets, relevant websites, and inspiring true stories that encourage students in their career pursuits.
- Week 1 – Decision Making and Discerning God’s Will
- Week 2 – The Career Exploration Process
- Week 3 – Individual Inventory of Your Talents and Interests
- Week 4 – Personality Tests
- Week 5 – Career Clusters
- Week 6 – Starting a List of Possible Careers
- Week 7 – Collecting Facts and Data
- Week 8 – Interviewing and Shadowing
For a printable course outline for Career Exploration, click here.