It can be difficult to go from homeschooling directly into a job. Employers have preconceived notions about home education, so you have to find employers who are more open about homeschooling. Still, it can be done. This question addresses this issue.
Question: I am almost done with homeschooling and I don’t want to go to college. How can I get a job without going to college first if I don’t have a high school diploma?
Answer: Many homeschoolers decide to not go to college after homeschooling. Some simply want to take a few years to decide what to do with their lives. Others just want to get out into the adult world. Coming out of a homeschool environment where you don’t have a high school diploma, it is a good idea to look for an internship as your first workplace gig. Internships pay little to nothing for the hard work you will do, but they essentially hands on trianing that helps you decide if a job or industry is right for you. Interning also shows potential employers that you are indeed educated and able to do the work. If an employer insists of proof of education, you have two options.
An open minded employer may be happy to revew the same kind of portfolio that you would show to colleges detailing your studies and text books over the years. Your portfolio would also demonstrate your writing abilities, and any artistic or creative skills.
You can also take the GED exam if an employer insists. The GED shows that you have ammassed enough knowledge to be considered a high school graduate. Don’t volunteer GED information unless absolutely required though. Taking the GED exams gives employers the impression that you could not keep up in high school. It may be better to introduce yourself as a homeschooled student. A great deal of homeschoolers opt to be self employed instead of going to college. Just as they have educated themselves on their own, they have also found ways to make money on their own, without the help of an employer.
Even if you don’t want to be self employed in the long term, a successful period of self employment, where you coud demonstrate your value to a company, would be enough to move you into the working world. Finally, there are employers who actively seek out homeschoolers to employ, being aware of the good reputation of being self motivated, hard workers. Chik Filet, for example is well known for hiring homeschoolers in their stores. As more and more people are exposed to homeschoolers, which is inevitiable, homeschoolers will have an easier time competing for jobs, even without a college education.