Career Exploration Bootcamp
Career Exploration Bootcamp is a practical, hands-on, 6 week summer course that will take students from dreaming about their first job to having actionable steps to ensuring it becomes a reality. Perfect for high schoolers at every level as they sort through if college is right for them or if they are worried about the future because they have no decisive plan.
Career Exploration Bootcamp is designed to jump-start your dive into the workforce and inspire you to plan for an exciting future. Your journey on the path to career and life fulfillment begins with a thorough self-analysis. Using tried and true career planning tools, you will map out a vocational and/or occupational route, which matches your key skills, preferences, and values to a potential career. Next, you will unearth key concepts about the shifting landscape of today’s job market and how to access the many possibilities awaiting you.
The facilitator will lead class discussions, assign relevant reading, and direct participants to useful resources to help in the research and exploration process. Be prepared for a journey of self-discovery and to unearth some challenging ideas about your future possibilities!
This course will be worth ¼ credit and grades will be heavily weighted toward classroom participation. It is also a great primer for the more in-depth Career Exploration: Orienteering class being offered in the Fall.
Required Text: What Color is Your Parachute by Bolles . The The 2022 edition is releasing April 5, and we would prefer students use the most current Edition as they update the book yearly based on current research and trends.
Pair Career Exploration Bootcamp with Poetry Essentials, Math Skills for Chemistry or Latin Bootcamp I for a robust 6 weeks of learning!
College & Career
Homeschooling high school can be tough! We’ve pulled together some great articles and resources for you during this month’s College and Career focus. So without further ado:
Information on High School Planning Resources
Prepping and planning for High School seems to get even the most stoic homeschooler a bit frazzled. Not to worry, we’ve been there done that and have great resources available for you! Our first piece of advice is to create a plan that includes a basic course of study, fill in with areas of interest and work a solid strategy to get you where you want to go! And if you don’t want to go it alone, we’d love to come alongside you on the journey. In fact, that’s what we do!
Information on Testing
Testing can highlight student abilities, shine light on areas of struggle and garner thousands of dollars in grants and scholarships! Don’t overlook the power of testing!
Articles on What’s Next
It’s a fast paced and changing world our young adults are entering into. College is but one of many options that include apprenticeship, military and entrepreneurship! A good strategy will get your student farther, faster and save them from unnecessary debt!
Let us know if you found our round-up of high school resources helpful and drop us a comment about resources you like! We love to provide our readers with relevant information!
College & Career Advising is for those who are looking for on-going assistance as they successfully launch their young adults. Our experienced team of Academic Advisors has years of experience, resources, and research navigating a myriad of college and career paths.
Put our expertise to work for you! Create transcripts, assign credits, organize curriculum, optimize for scholarships, and make a successful plan for high school, college, or a career path.
We allow you to purchase one unit (one hour) at a time, to fit your needs specifically.
Each hour allows you direct correspondence with a team member. Purchase time an hour at a time or in a block of time, to be used as needed.
Homeschool college and career advisors will work with students and/or parents.
One of the services that we provide through True North Academic Advising is career and life coaching. Kids often have a big idea of what they want in life but don’t have the experience get them there in an expedient and cost-effective way.
In addition to our Academic Advising, you might want to check out our Orienteering course. We use Cheri Frame’s Career Exploration Guide as the spine for this dynamic, interactive live on-line course!
Why does Career Exploration matter to high school students?
Career Exploration, as Cheri explains:
- Increases students awareness of career options
- Helps students see how they fit into the working world
- Encourages students to plan high school courses based on their future goals
- Improves academic performances
- Saves time and money by pursuing a defined goal
- Introduces students to employment skills valued by all employers
The Career Exploration and preparation course guide consists of 2 parts.
Career Exploration & Prep Course Part 1:
This section is designed to allow the student to get to know themselves better and gain a clearer understanding of their vocational interests. This section also helps the student confirm their interests through various activities.
Part 1 Overview – Career Exploration: Choosing a Best Fit
- Keys to your future
- Your Vocational Profiles
- Occupational Profiles
- Informational Interviews
- Final Review
Part 1 is designed to be used in homeschools or co-op settings. Cheri includes many web-links and resources right at the beginning of the guide to get you started on the road to understanding your student. Some examples include Learning Styles, Motivation Triggers, Grit Scales, Business Essentials, to name a few.
Career Exploration & Prep Course Part 2:
In part 2, students are guided through a capstone project in their career area of interest. This section will allow students to define and hone skills relevant to the career areas that they have selected in Section 1.
Part 2 Overview – Career Preparation: Skill Smart
- Capstone Projects
- Skill Smart
- Professional Portfolio
Students are also encouraged to read a biography of their choice as well as “Start Here” and “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”
The Guide consists of reading, assignments, and projects. Students should plan on 3-4 hours per week to complete the lessons, reading, and longer-term projects. Students should prepare to partner with their parents or a cohort, such as our Orienteering course will provide, to make the most of this course.
So what do I love about this program?
I love how this program starts off right by encouraging students to seek and find a team of mature mentors that they can learn and grow from. It is an excellent exercise in seeking out Godly leaders who can speak into their lives.
Additionally, there is a fantastic Bible Study right out of the shoot that sets up the Biblical basis for work. Conscientious, hard workers are in high demand these days. Cheri guides the kids through a Bible study on this and lays such an excellent foundation for the joy, responsibility, and God-given inspiration for work. Directly following, there is a study on family and cultural expectations. This facet is an oft-overlooked section of most career exploration programs. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I love the fact that students look at the careers and vocations that are part of their family. We are often more influenced by family members and legacies than we realize.
A Cost of Living Project is also included. An excellent project that every high schooler should complete before their graduation from high school!
All of this before the student begins a Vocational Profile, which includes Personality Inventories, Occupational Profiles and Evaluation, Credentialing Evaluation, and Job Shadowing. This Vocational Profile is a thorough and detailed overview of career exploration for each student based on their personality and interests.
Part II will focus on students building their skills and showcasing them in a way that will take them into the beginning stages of developing their professionalism.
The Capstone project includes critical thinking, public speaking, research skills, self-sufficiency, team-work, planning, media literacy, planning, and goal setting. Students will learn and understand the difference between hard and soft skills. As a podcast host, focusing on Soft Skills, this makes me happy. The Capstone project asks the student to create a quality program or experience for themselves that will develop their professional self and ability. SMART Goals, resumes, and interviewing skills are covered.
Career Exploration and Prep is an excellent course for young adults of all ages. The target ages are 16 and up, but the resource is acceptable for motivated younger students as well. I would recommend this Guide for families and co-op situation.
A great addition to our Academic Advising Program, and integral to our Orienteering Course offered this fall and taught by Lisa Nehring.