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What Color is Your Parachute? for Teens: Discovering Yourself, Defining Your Fiture [Paperback]

Carol Christen , Jean Blomquist , Richard N. Bolles
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31 May 2006
More than 35 years ago, the world was introduced to the revolutionary career guide and job-hunting manual, WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? Now, for the first time, Richard Nelson Bolles presents his career bible's central concepts for teen readers. With simpler, more direct language, the teen PARACHUTE teaches high school and college students to zero in on their favorite skills and then to apply that knowledge to finding their perfect college major or job. A significant addition to the Parachute Library, this book will provide guidance and inspiration to a whole new generation of job seekers.Draws on the timeless principles of the best-selling career book to provide high school students with a focused manual for choosing a career.Includes exercises and worksheets throughout.Features concrete, easy-to-understand job-hunting tips.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (31 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580087132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580087131
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 623,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful for teens 29 Mar 2010
Although this book is American, my very British teenager found it useful. There are lots of exercises to do with pen and paper which has helped her think outside the box and imagine herself doing all kinds of other jobs other than the usual popstar/supermodel teen girl obsessions. The book basically encourages you to think about your real interests, then combines that with your kind of personality eg are you better working alongside others or on your own etc, then looks at all other kinds of issues such as environment - does being part of urban, hectic life appeal, or something more gentle in the countryside.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource For The Young Adult 12 July 2006
By T. Jason Smith - Published on Amazon.com
As a part-time personal career coach for college students trying to identify their major, I was thrilled to see the "What Color Is Your Parachute" franchise has created a version for the late teens/early twenties demographic. Despite the best efforts of college career counseling offices, I still encounter many young people needing help identifying career options that complement the person they are. Resources such "What Color Is Your Parachute" provide young adults with critical learnings they can use to educate themselves about the importance of their personal interests, their strengths, and their skills to ultimately make an informed career decision. And it doesn't hurt if the parents of the young person have read this (or similar) works, as well, so they can be educated coaches for their young adult. In many cases, parents have invested time, emotion and money into getting their child into an institution of higher learning and keeping them there, so their participation in this stage of their child's life is a logical next step. Trust me, parents - they want your involvement more than they let on.

As a HR Manager, the regular version of "What Color Is Your Parachute" has been a resource I've relied on and recommended for the past 15 years to those affected by unexpected downsizings and by the `I want to do something different but I don't know what' bug. After reviewing this new version, I feel confident young people will benefit as much from this work personally as I have professionally. Highly recommended for young people who seek answers to the simple but complex question, "What's next for me?"
50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a crucial book for any teenager who cares about his/her future! 2 Jun 2006
By Lee Say Keng - Published on Amazon.com
Wow! I wish I had this wonderful book when I was a teenager.

I remember very vividly when I came across Richard Bolles' 'What Colour is Your Parachute', it was way back in the late 80's/early 90's. At that time, I was embarking on a journey to find out about what I wanted to do with the second half of my life.

Naturally, I was attracted to this new book when I saw it in my local bookstore. I am pleased to note that the author has now teamed up with Carol Christen, a career strategist & Jean Blomquist, a college counseller, to come out with this great guide to help teens zero in on their favourite skills & apply that knowledge to get the most out of school, set goals & pursue their dreams.

More importantly, this book actually brings back some sweet memories of what I have perused - pondered about & worked out - for the first time.

It is filled with interactive exercises, provoking worksheets & interesting profiles of young adults who have found their uniques paths in life, all beautifully structured in a three-part layout:

- Part I: Discovering Your Dream Job;
- Part II: On the Way to Your Future;
- Part III: Landing Your Dream Job & More;

With a track record of some thirty years in the career advising arena, the lead author's 'What Colour is your Parachute' has been recognised as the world's best selling job hunting book. To me, it is very much more than that - it's about you & your future; about exploring who you are, what's important to you & what you like to do.

I fully concur with the authors: Life is meant to be lived to the fullest.

In order to achieve a fulfilling life, all of us must do what we love & love what we do!

To sum up my review, this is definitely a crucial book for every teenager who cares about his/her future.

Attention: Mums & Dads, please go & buy this book for your teenaged kids as soon as possible!!! You will be ambly rewarded in the long term.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for students or resource for couselors! 19 July 2007
By Still hopeful - Published on Amazon.com
This book uses Hollands theory of interests to help the teen discover what they want to do. The book helps prioritize interests and translate them into potential careers. This book is an excellent resource from self-discovery to building your resume to interviewing and negotiating an offer. This book is easy to read and understand and the information is useful and current. I highly recommend this book to any teen trying to determine their career path or any adult working with teens with plans to help them determine their career paths.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goosers' Insight 3 Feb 2012
By Goosers - Published on Amazon.com
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What color is your parachute for teens is a very eye-opening book. Being a teen myself and in high school, my future is scary and I still am unsure as to what i want to persure in this world and what I want to become. But after reading this book, I was able to not only clearly distinguish my interests, but also uncover desires and hobbies that I didn't know that I had. This book also informed me with a whole list of jobs that my suit my career interests that I have never heard of before. Basically, even if you do know what you want to be when you grow up or even if you don't, reading this will not hurt you. It will only help prepare you better for the future and what will soon come, and make our futures a little less scary.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's a caveat... 23 Sep 2010
By Susan K McFarland - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for my eldest teenage granddaughter who was in high school at the time. My opinion is that the book and the information in it are excellent. Here's the trick: They actually have to READ IT. If you can get past that wee hurdle, you have here a winner.
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