The 5th house is well known as the house of children, however, when our concept of children expands to mean creativity, what we produce, "our babies," our inherent talents we gain a broader understanding of its significance. The sage Parashara lays emphasis on the 5th house as the house of education and intelligence. We can see what a person will be interested in studying by the 5th house and 5th lord. As a dharma house it represents what inspires and motivates us, and gives us a sense of purpose. It is also the 3rd house from the 3rd house. The 3rd house is the house of hobbies and interests. As the higher octave of the 3rd house it represents our strong interests.
The 5th house corresponds to the 5th sign of Leo, which is commonly known as the sign of creative self-expression. The 5th house is also known as the house of purva punya or past life merit. It represents where we have developed talents, skills, and gifts from a past life. It's important to direct our efforts towards our strengths and talents, which the 5th house represents. K.N. Rao emphasizes the 5th house for career and educational counseling. See the following quote from chapter three of his book, Yogis, Destiny and the Wheel of Time:
"In a series of horoscopes I have tested career patterns, talents, gifts - normal and supernormal, by focusing on the fifth house and the fifth lord from the Lagna (ascendant) and the putrakaraka of Jaimini."