Guiding Your Children to Their Careers
Thursday, 10 October 2019

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Sometimes in life, you learn something that you weren’t really trying to learn.

That would be me . . . senior year of college. I majored in economics until we had our first child mid-year, six weeks early. Then I just majored in mommy-hood and making sure I graduated. I ended up in an Adolescent Psychology class because it fit my mommy-schedule.

I really enjoyed that class. My professor was a former Louisiana farm boy, and he was an excellent teacher. In the class, he talked about how teenagers choose careers. Almost everyone in his community grew up to be a farmer. (I like farmers, by the way—I’m a farmer’s daughter) He told us how he had thought about becoming a crop duster—someone who flies small airplanes over crops. That was as far beyond the farmer “box” as he could picture himself.

Perhaps it was a little more fascinating to me because of my interest in economics and church history. I had just written a paper about early protestants’ idea of a God-given calling, which I had tied to the familiar economics model of supply and demand by using American writer Frederick Buechner’s definition of calling as “where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” 1

I carried the story my professor told with me into my homeschooling mom years. I want my children to find their calling, and I’m pretty sure they’ll best be able to do that if they understand both their gifts and people’s needs.

I also live in a rural community. My children really are not exposed to a wide variety of careers here. For a few years, all the homeschool graduates they knew did construction work, cleaned houses, or traveled to do electrical security work.

About the time my oldest hit seventh grade, I started looking for a homeschooling curriculum on careers. I never found one and, without a good plan, my hope to study different careers went unfulfilled.

When my oldest child entered high school, however, I began switching over to BJU Press Homeschool curriculum. It was entirely a side benefit, but did you know that career spotlights are built into the entire curriculum? The authors (or teachers, when you are doing distance learning) explain how each career fits into the idea of taking dominion over the earth and serving others.

When we homeschool our children, we take on many different roles. One of those is as a guidance counselor. I encourage you to explore careers with your children beyond what the textbooks cover. Visit websites like the Bureau of Labor Statistics and ask friends to talk with your children about their careers. Visit colleges with departments that match your children’s interests. Consider taking interest inventories such as the Career Direct Assessment to build your electives around potential future careers.

After college, I decided that the world’s greatest need and my greatest passion was to homeschool my children. It is my calling. I have to admit that sometimes I dream about what I will do when the kids grow up. For now, though, my role is to help them find and prepare for the calling God has in store for them.

1 Buechner, Fredrick. Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC. Harper & Row. New York. NY. 1973. p 95

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Cynda Moore - HomeWorks by Precept Consultant