With the Career's counselling, I think it's a great start. I wish I had done something like that, when I was younger, say when I was in highschool.
Congrats on being a step-parent, we have a step parent in our family, and it's my fiance, he is my daughter's Dad, father, Papi, whatever you want to call it, he's it. There's alot of mixed messages with the word "step" in anything, so it's great to see other people becoming PARENTS.
For me, my fiance awoke my dream, I always liked drawing, but never knew what to do with it. It was something that I had a "liked" doing, wasn't passionate about it. It was just a hobby. Drawing + Technology = Graphic Design. So, if you are stuck for a career path, it's always a good idea to ask someone else, or get some feedback from someone else about it.