Suggested Syllabus for Career Exploration

We have had a some request for a syllabus for 7Sisters Homeschool Career Exploration curriculum. Here is a suggested syllabus for Career Exploration.
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Suggested Syllabus for Career Exploration

One of the most important courses our homeschool high schoolers completed was their Career Exploration course. Whether your homeschool high school will be working on Career Exploration individually or on their homeschool co-op or group classes, you will find that having a syllabus will add to their success.
Career Exploration can be covered in a number of different manners and lengths of time (an amount of credit). This will vary according to your teens’ interests and needs.
  • Some of our teens completed the Career Exploration Bundle in half a semester (earning them 1/4 credit).
  • Some of our teens went more in-depth and completed the the Career Exploration Bundle with some extra activities for a full semester (1/2 credit).
  • Some of our teens then added apprenticeships. These varied according to the student, earning them an additional 1/2 credit-full credit.

Start out your Career Exploration experience by reading this post in our Authoritative Guide series: Authoritative Guide to Career Exploration.

Many homeschooling families do 7Sisters Financial Literacy, Career Exploration and Apologetics. Did you know you can save a lot of money when you purchase  together in the Curriculum Bundle to Prepare for Independence?

BTW- When your teens are ready to take a Career Exploration course, 7Sisters also has a:

Here is a suggested syllabus for a one-semester Career Exploration course for co-ops or individuals.

Class Title: Career Exploration and Job Preparation

Length: 10 Weeks
Other materials that will be used: 
Description: Teens need to be prepared for life after graduation by experiencing Career Exploration and learning some solid job preparation skills. This course gives a healthy exploration of each by exploring the various components of career exploration (strengths, interests, experiences, role models, values, etc) and skills for obtaining a job (resume, cover letter, interview, apprenticeships).

Goals: Give teens a solid Career Exploration experience so that they:

  • Come to know themselves better
  • Gain a sense of God’s callings, gifts and purposes for them
  • Build experiences that help them gain confidence
  • Build experiences that help them eliminate career choices or explore career choices (each is good)
  • Are better prepared for life
Grading scale: Develop your own grading scale or make the course pass/fail, according to the needs and goals of your students

Optional Week 1: Career Exploration in the Bible (Note: If you do this week, you will have to rearrange the numbering of the remaining weeks.)

In class: Discuss the short workbook, Career Exploration in the Bible.

  • Answer the questions together.

Homework: None, we are starting in easy!

Optional Week 2: Role Models (Note: If you do this week, you will have to rearrange the numbering of the remaining weeks.)

In class: Discuss the role of role models in Career Exploration.

  • Students complete the Career Exploration Questionnaire in the Career Exploration Bundle zip file.

Homework: Write a one-page reflection paper or create a 5-slide Powerpoint about important role models in your life.

Week 1 – Finding the Will of God (Extra: Career Exploration in the Bible, just for fun)

In class: Class discussion on the Introduction (How to Use this Book) and Part 1: Finding the Will of God.

  • Teens may discuss any of the five ways they have seen God work in their lives.
  • For inspiration, watch a couple of videos on unusual careers, not for job suggestion but for starting teens thinking about the many kinds of careers are out there.

Homework: Read over Part 1, answer the questions.

Week 2 – Describing Yourself

In class: Discuss Part 2: Describing Yourself

Students fill out workbook as they go through the discussion.

Homework: Download Personal Discovery Links freebie from Vicki Tillman Coaching, do the first test (Jung Typology Test) to class, along with the description of your results (4 letters) that from (type and your 4 letters into Google).

  • Do 2-5 of the other personality tests from the Personal Discovery Links. Bring results to class.
  • Write a one-page reflection paper about your personality or create a 5-slide Powerpoint about your personality.

Week 3 – What is Important to Me

In class: Discuss Part 3: What is Important to Me (Values)

Homework: Write a one-page reflection paper or create a 5-slide Powerpoint about your personality about your values.

Week 4 – Talents and Strengths

In class: Discuss Part 4: Talents and Strengths

Work together on:

  • Listing things you are good at
  • Academic review (what you are good and not good academically)
  • Strengths and weaknesses circle-off chart
  • Make a talent list and a *nobody’s perfect list*.

Homework: Briefly interview teachers and other adults, family members and friends. You can do this by email or text.

Week 5 – Investigate Some Careers

In class: Discuss Part 5: Investigate Some Careers

  • Discuss career searching and exploring. One of the most important parts of Career Exploration is simply exploring. Even if you do not think you will like a career that you look at, the time is not wasted. It adds to your understanding of careers and opportunities.
  • Work together in class to fill out the chart on 3 different careers.

Homework: Do career searches, fill out the chart for 3 more careers. You can use for ease of career searching.

Week 6 – Create an Experiential Resume

In class: Discuss Part 6: Create Experiential Resume

  • Discuss the hows and whys of experiential resumes. Use the guide in the Career Exploration Bundle zip file. Begin work on them together in class.

Homework: Finish your experiential resume.

Week 7 – Write a Basic Cover Letter

In class: Discuss Part 7: Write a Basic Cover Letter

  • Discuss cover letters and their uses. Note that cover letters must be adjusted to each job setting. Help teens begin to create a basic cover letter for themselves.

Homework: Finish your basic cover letter.

Week 8 – Learn and Practice Interview Skills

In class: Discuss Part 8: Learn and Practice Interview Skills

Homework: Prepare answers for basic interview questions. Research a favorite company’s website and have something interesting to share about it in an interview.

Week 9 – Try On Some Hats – Apprenticeships

In class: Discuss Part 6: Try on Some Hats – Apprenticeships

Homework: Use the sample letter form in the Career Exploration Workbook, write a letter to three different apprenticeship possibilities.

Week 10 – Planning Your High School Curriculum

In class: Discuss Part 7: Planning Your High School Curriculum

Homework: Share your ideas with your parents.

Optional Week 11 – More interview skills

Discuss in class: confidence skills that can help in interviews

  • Download Confidence Building Skill for Meeting New People from
  • Have students practice showing these skills to each other

Homework: Prepare a 10-slide presentation on your favorite Career Exploration skills.

Optional Week 12 – Celebration and Presentations

In class: Show presentations and eat cookies!


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Suggested Syllabus for Career Exploration

Vicki Tillman

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2 Replies to “Suggested Syllabus for Career Exploration”

  1. Hi Chandi! Great question. Using this curriculum (or any of our titles in a co-op) requires a copy for each student in your group in order to honor copyright. We offer a 33% discount on those student copies for co-ops to make this more affordable. Just email and request a co-op discount. We’ll set up a discount code for you to share with your students’ families.
    Another bonus: if your group has siblings in it, they only need to purchase one copy of the curriculum for their family. Our copyright always allows for more than one copy WITHIN YOUR OWN HOMESCHOOL so that siblings and parents can each have easy access to curriculum in use that year.

  2. If I do this for a co-op, do I buy the bundle and the workbook pdf and that’s it? Then I print the workbook for each of my students? I will have a mixed class of junior highers and high schoolers.

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