I was always concerned that Megan was not getting a well-rounded education while being home schooled. She was missing out of things like Guidance Counseling, Career Counseling and work-study. She has had no exposure to the real working world either. An involved parent could have made up for the absence of these public school services. I tried to expose Megan to the type of work I do â€“ I even hired her part time to do a few small projects for me. Her uncle also had her do a small project where he works at â€“ he works for a direct mail company. Much of what I needed to teach her was hindered by her not having a PC. We did give her a PC for Christmas but itâ€™s difficult to teach her all that she would need to know with her living in another state.
But I digress as usual. Megan wasnâ€™t exposed to different career opportunities while she home schooled herself. I once asked her about the possibility of working with her father â€“ his reply was that she needed a college education. On the surface thatâ€™s a good answer but itâ€™s not one that would motivate her.
You can image how excited I was when Megan called telling me she had found the career she wanted to pursue â€“ a Dental Assistant. Granted she came to this conclusion after seeing a commercial for the school she is going to on TV. This is where the benefit of a work-study program comes in. I was exposed to data entry and worked as a newspaper staff photographer through my high school work-study program. Then in my senior year as most high school students do â€“ I got a part-time job. I didnâ€™t have a car or a driverâ€™s license but I had a job. Megan hasnâ€™t been exposed to low paying service industry type jobs that could motivate her to want to do better. Instead her absentee parent told her to focus on finishing high school â€“ again on the surface is not a bad suggestion.
So now after a few weeks of dental school the excitement has worn off. A few weeks back she mentioned nursing school. While that is even much better than dental school I still donâ€™t know if thatâ€™s the line of work Megan would enjoy. Itâ€™s much better paying but itâ€™s also a much harder field â€“ itâ€™s very demanding.
At this point I donâ€™t know if sheâ€™s just having problems with the work or just doesnâ€™t like it. If sheâ€™s having problems with her studies she will have a much harder time in nursing. If she just doesnâ€™t like AND is doing well in her current program she will probably do just fine.
The other issue (which is not my concern) is that she has signed a contract for this program. More than likely, her father will have to pay for the entire program even if she doesnâ€™t finish it.
So why do I feel like I have failed Megan when itâ€™s been her father that has encouraged this? Maybe she should consider enlisting in the Air Force â€“ I did at age 19 after working in retail for 3 years.