Tuesday, October 6, 2009

EDUDPS "The Complete Career, College, and High School Guide for Homeschoolers"

Next up.... No anacronym this time.....:)
"The Complete Career, College, and High School Guide for Homeschoolers"~
This is similar in part to the POC4U, in that it surveys learning styles, but it goes much more in depth, with surveys that cover:
  • Work/Service preferences
  • Personality profiles
  • Preferred Work environment profiles
For each preference there are numerous possible jobs and/or careers listed, with a general listing of pages of occupations, listed alphabetically. There follows a lengthly section that details " Popular careers/College Majors for Homeschoolers", and suggested courses of study for Middle and High School, as well as activities to consider pursuing, and suggestions for people that the student might like to "interview" to further narrow down their choices. (Jill also handily includes a list of interview questions for career possibilities, which I thought was most useful!)

Beyond this, Jill has included a plothora of information on
  • How to go about actually running a homeshool "high school"
  • How to create a course of study and translate that into a transcript
  • How to figure out and count "Credit hours" and "GPA"
  • There are recommendations on how to "test out" of college courses for a relatively minimal fee, when compared to course fees, as well as information on taking the ACT/PSAT/SAT tests
  • Scholarship information and more....
Now, my daughter is only in 7th grade, so this wasn't quite as easy for her to fill out a bunch of the questions, but I think that it is going to be a great tool.
  • For the present, in that it is getting her to start thinking about her interests, and where they may someday lead her
  • For the future, as she becomes more aware of who she is as a person, and where she would like to go as an adult
"The Complete Career, College, and High School Guide for Homeschoolers" is the sort of thing that many people never even think about until they've changed their major 3 or 4 times, or even beyond. What a jump start you can give your kids, if you start helping them to assess in the middle and/or early high school years!

I appreciated the emphasis on discipling and raising Godly children, regardless of whether they will be following a college/career path, or a technical/career path, or a home/career path. :) I did find that the manual as a whole didn't "Flow" exactly, with high school information following College/Clep information, etc..., but since this is more reference than novel, "Flow" isn't really all that important to me, content is. :)

Oh, and just for the sake of it, I checked around a little and "Career Counseling" goes for anywhere from $125 for an hour (Not including the time that it takes you to fill out assessments/personality tests, etc...) to $220 for 6 hours, and there were some offerings that didn't list a price, so I can just imagine..... considering that, I think that
"The Complete Career, College, and High School Guide for Homeschoolers" is a very reasonably priced for the resources and information offered!
$39.95 for the softbound version that I received to review and
$34.95 for the ebook

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