Helping Non-College-Bound Teens Find Success

This week on HSHSP Ep 108: Helping Non-College-Bound Teens Find Success! This post is running concurrently on Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.

Helping Non-College-Bound Teens Find Success

Helping Non-College-Bound Teens Find Success

There’s not ONE right way to homeschool highschool AND there’s not ONE right way to do life after highschool.

Many teens are gifted by God to go into a career without going to college. That’s good. Why spend tens of thousands of dollars and 4 years of life on college, when a young person was created to do something else?

Join Vicki for an interview with Angela O’Shaughnessy (who also joined us in Episode 16) whose two sons are loving successful lives that did not require college!

Helping Non-College-Bound Teens Find Success

Angela and her husband concentrated on helping her sons:

  • Explore their interests
  • Develop their strengths
  • Enjoy hard work
  • Learn networking skills
  • Take opportunities when they come
  • Get technical training if they needed it (one of her sons needed training for his desired machining career)
  • Interviewing/job hunt skills

One of the most important skills her sons learned was networking. Networking has helped Brian and Kevin in:

  • Finding mentors
  • Asking for help or opportunities
  • Getting help to develop skills or compensate for weaknesses

Angela and her sons looked for mentors at church, volunteer and small jobs. Shewho had:

  • Skills that she wanted her sons to explore
  • Character

When Angela worried about the future for her son who struggled with learning disabilities, her husband would remind her,

“Life is long, he has plenty of time to figure it out.”

Both Brian and Kevin are experiencing success in their different careers AND in their interests AND in church AND in other adulting areas. Your homeschool teens can, too!

Join Vicki and Angela for an inspiring chat. In the meantime, check out these posts.

10 Fundamental Soft Skills Needed for Success

Explore Careers That Don’t Require College 

For more information, here are tips for scheduling senior year for career-bound teens.


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Helping Non-College-Bound Teens Find Success

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

3 Replies to “Helping Non-College-Bound Teens Find Success”

  1. my name is ..Jayne and I rarely reach out for help but I need advice with a difficult situation. My daughter is 14 and is wanting to attend high school which Iam so proud that she has reached this level of confidence…However, she has missed most of if not all of middle school. Do I send her? she wants to be like and treated like everyone else but the reason why she missed so much school in the first place was her fear of being social, I believe she was bullied on the morning bus to the point of no return… physically and emotionally broken was my 10 yr old daughter, while her home life, her safe place was no longer (illness came at me hard and fast) but threw many tears and laughter we were able to rebuild our relationship and the trust is now at level where she can now reach a place inside her where she knows she is safe and loved. of course we all have our stories but academically and emotionally, should she start high school, be homeschooled or be held back a year?

    • Hi Jayne, Sounds like you both have been through a lot. What do you think God is showing you about this? What is God showing your daughter? Have you prayed together? Sometimes it is good to have some chats with people who know you personally, like a pastor, homeschool co-op teacher, best friends and/or counselor before making a big decision like this.

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