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April 9, 2024 at 9:55 am #1128780

I’m curious what your dream job is, exactly, because most careers do not hinge on the experience you get when you are 15. I’m not saying it’s bad to get experience by any means — it’s a great way to find out if you are actually like doing what you think you are interested in and looks good on applications for higher ed/future jobs — but it won’t make the difference between your having your dream career and being “a nothing.” I do think it’s great that you are future-oriented and thinking about a life beyond the confines of your home schooling environment.

Were I you, I’d be more focused on the education you’ll need post-grad to get where you want to go and trying to earn/save money for when you are able to make your own decisions. If you want to be a veterinarian, that path will include a four-year degree where you will take science-heavy courses, followed by vet school (notoriously difficult, btw). If you want to be a vet tech, that’s an AA degree. Maybe you have a totally different career in mind, but you’ll still want to figure out the education people need to get where you want to go. How are your grades and standardized test scores? Are you interested in the sciences and do you excel at them? Have you started looking up whether your homeschooling curriculum meets the criteria for universities and community colleges in your state? Now would be the time to figure out how to close those gaps.

BTW, some animal shelters have remote volunteer positions. It wouldn’t be working directly with animals, but could be stuff like processing adoption applications, digital communications, etc.

Good luck.