Homeschoolers often point to the academic strength provided by home education, but the benefits of homeschooling extend beyond academics. Join Mike Farris and his guest today on Home School Heartbeat as they consider how homeschooling provides real-world job preparation.
On the show with us today is Abby Pilgrim, who is a homeschool graduate and is now working for National Geographic in their television department. Abby, how would you say homeschooling prepared you for the job that you’re in today?
I definitely got a well-rounded education being homeschooled and was able to pursue a lot of the basics that I use now—with great writing skills and overall knowledge of a lot of subjects. But also I think homeschooling taught me how education is incorporated into every aspect of life; it’s not just isolated in a classroom. And just cultivating it being at home and in the environment that I was gave me a deeper curiosity about the world, and how to integrate Christianity into school and my relationships and now ultimately my job. That’s really paid off, and I think that homeschooling provides a really unique environment where that can happen.
Every homeschooler gets asked, “What about socialization?” Do you feel that you developed the social skills necessary—in the “job” context—through homeschooling?
I definitely do. Most of that credit I think goes to my parents, who always incorporated their daughters, especially myself, into their own conversations and really prepared us to interact with a lot of people.
Abby, thank you so much for your encouraging words. I'm Mike Farris.