December 1, 2022

Things to consider as our home educated children think about what career to train in

Jobs dry up for travel agents and IT workers

The internet has diminished some industries significantly - including travel agents. Photo / Thinkstock

The internet has diminished some industries significantly – including travel agents.

Photo / Thinkstock

If you’re a travel agent or an accountant, you could be facing “extinction” by 2017.

Car manufacturers, retail and IT workers may also need to start thinking about a new career path as consumers increasingly turn to the internet for services and employers outsource for cheaper labour.

The Balance Recruitment agency has compiled a list of the top five jobs they believe will disappear in the next five years.

Managing director Greg Pankhurst said overseas companies were becoming more trusted by local businesses.

“Many jobs will become obsolete due to technological advances, while others will simply move offshore to Asia,” he said. “Offshoring is not a new phenomenon, but people are getting a lot better at it and higher-skilled jobs are starting to go offshore. It used to be the very basic roles.

“It is vital people understand these changes and attempt to reskill so they don’t end up becoming superfluous.”

Read more here:


From the Smiths:

Updated 10 August 2012: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 click here


Needing help for your home schooling journey:


Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:


This link is motivational:


Patrick Henry College: Apply Now for Journalism Scholarships

I am not sure if this is available for those outside the USA but it is worth a try if you are interested in journalism and would like to attend the Patrick Henry College

Patrick Henry College: Apply Now for Journalism Scholarships

Patrick Henry College is offering aspiring Christian journalism students the opportunity of a lifetime. These privately funded scholarships have been created for students with excellent writing ability and a strong desire to serve society through journalism. The application deadline for the Samuel Adams Scholarship is January 1, 2012. For more information or to apply >>

Is Your Teen Ready for University Life?


This email came into my inbox today from the HSLDA. I think it is good for us to read whether our children are heading for University or the Workforce and especially if they are moving away from home.

HSLDA Homeschooling Thru High School Online

Dear Friends,

This month we have the privilege of bringing you a word from Sandra Corbitt, dean of students at Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, Virginia. We believe you will appreciate her wisdom and heart for helping homeschool students make the transition from home to college life (wherever that may be). You may already be putting into practice many of her suggestions, so we hope this will give you assurance that you are heading in the right direction. On the other hand, Dean Corbitt’s recommendations may be the gentle nudge you need as you seek to improve your teen’s skills in areas where they can grow. In any event, our desire is to inspire you to see the young adults your teens will soon become. And, we are here to help you along the way! To read what Sandra Corbitt has to say click here:


From the Smiths:


Needing help for your home schooling journey:


Auckland University CIE entrance requirements

Here is the link to the Auckland University CIE entrance requirements –

The entry requirements for the other NZ Universities i.e. Waikato, Massey, Victoria, Canterbury and Otago are pretty much the same.

The standard requirements are as follows:

* required number of points on the CIE schedule (usually 120+)
* “E” level in AS English or above PLUS
* “D” level in IGCSE Maths

Some courses also have additional requirements e.g. art portfolio, music audition

Some Universities require an two to three additional “D” grades at AS level or above

As Janine has already recommended, it would pay to check with the tertiary institution to make sure you are sufficiently covering off the entry requirements if you are at all unsure.



Email discussion group:

Cambridge Exam (CIE) survey

The link is the same as previously :

This survey has been opened for a further  three days closing midnight Friday 4 March.

Please note that if a line does not apply put a tick in the none column

The Survey is focussed on 2011, 12 and 13 so if you will be looking at it after that time please say so in the comments box at the bottom AFTER you have put all the ticks in the none columns.

If all else fails please email either Judith or Erena



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