What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens, Third Edition: Discover Yourself, Design Your Future, and Plan for Your Dream Job

What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens, Third Edition: Discover Yourself, Design Your Future, and Plan for Your Dream Job

by Carol Christen, Richard N. Bolles


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This updated career guide for teens draws on the principles of What Color Is Your Parachute? to help high school and college students zero in on their favorite skills and find their perfect major or career.

No idea what you want to be? No worries! This fun, rewarding guide draws on the time-tested principles of the career classic What Color Is Your Parachute? to help you discover your passions, skills, and potential college majors and dream jobs. 

Why now? Because when you identify your interests and passions early, you can make informed decisions on what additional schooling (and tuition debt) makes sense for your chosen field. 

With fresh updates on the specific challenges of today’s job-market, this new edition features activities and advice on information interviewing, social media, internships, and more. Most importantly, it’s packed with big-picture advice that will set you up to land the job that’s perfect for who you are—and who you want to be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607745778
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 39,209
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

CAROL CHRISTEN is a career strategist who has worked extensively with teenagers and young adults. She lives with her husband in Butte, Montana.

RICHARD N. BOLLES is the author of What Color Is Your Parachute? He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

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Discovery Exercise
How to Find What You Love to Do:  Identify Your Skills

Scan your mind back over the last month. Did you complete any tasks successfully? What were they? Did you enjoy them?

You begin to identify your skills by looking at your life. Think about projects you have completed, recent problems that you solved, your hobbies, and the activities you do for fun. These can be experiences from your school, volunteer work, paid work, or free time. Select a project or activity you’ve enjoyed that had an outcome—writing a paper, helping to organize an event, or learning something new, such as a sport or hobby.

Rich Feller, professor of career development and author of the book Knowledge Nomads and the Nervously Employed, says that 70 percent of our skills come from challenges, 20 percent from watching others, and 10 percent from classes and reading. Pick a story to write from any of these three categories. If you’re stumped about what might make a good skills story, look particularly at challenges you have overcome. Once you’ve thought of a story, write a short paragraph that describes how you completed your project or worked out a solution to the problem you had. (Need a little inspiration on what kind of story to write? See the Student Example on page 12.)

Now give your project, problem, or activity a title. Then answer these questions:
Goal or Problem: What was your goal—that is, what were you trying to accomplish, or what was the problem you were trying to solve?
Any time you have a goal that challenged you, you’ll find lots of skills.
Obstacles: What made achieving your goal (or solving the problem) difficult? How did you overcome these obstacles?
Time Frame: How long did it take you to achieve your goal or solve your problem? Using an overlong time frame can often hide skills.
If solving a particular problem took several years, pick an especially challenging part of that problem.
Outcome: What happened? Did things go as you expected, or did something unexpected happen?


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  vi
My Parachute  vii
Preface to the Third Edition  viii
Introduction  1

1 / What You Love to Do: Your Favorite and Best Skills  6
2 /
Who You Love to Work With: Your Favorite Types of People  26
3 / Where You Love to Be: Your Ideal Work Environment  34
4 / Your Parachute Describes Your Dream Jobs  42

Don’t Know Where to Go  59
5 / What Do I Do Now? Make the Most of High School  61
6 /
What Do I Do Next? Make the Most of the Best and
Least Expensive Higher Education  86
7 /
Goal Setting: Keep Yourself Motivated and
Move Forward  103
8 / Social Media: The New Normal  109

LAND YOUR DREAM JOB: Create Your Ideal 
Life . . . and More  129
9 / Search for Your Dream Job: Finding the Best Fit  130
10 / Hiring Interviews: The Scoop  150
11 / Trends and Your Career  161
12 / Beyond Your Dream Job: Create the Life You Want  171

About the Authors  181
Index  182

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