What Color Is your Parachute? for Teens
Discovering Yourself, Defining your FuturePaperback - 2006
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Far from being a dry list of jobs, What Color… is an exciting blend of ideas, practical advice and tips. Even the title is intriguing, and the bright cover photograph of a daydreaming teen speaks to the book’s intended audience. Co-authored by Richard Bolles, the author of the best-selling adult series, and Carol Christen, a career strategist, this slim, manageable guide for teens exploring career ideas will appeal to youth who are discovering their unique interests and talents. Older teens considering what to do after high school, and beginning to seriously contemplate their future independence and self-reliance, will also be drawn to this book.
The book is divided into three main sections. The first, “Discovering Your Dream Job”, essentially asks teens to describe themselves and what is important to them, a profound exercise whether they are focused on a career or not. Part two, “On the Way to Your Future”, outlines the importance of goal-setting and discusses the roles of high school, college, university and job-specific training in attaining those goals, stressing the importance of giving the student’s education their best effort. Part three imparts a wealth of practical advice on job-hunting and the interview process, and introduces some trends in the career market.
What Color… is attractively laid out with useful tips and quotes presented in sidebars, and exercises in textboxes. It features an extensive index and three indices, one of which contains sample job interviews. The fact that the authors are American barely affects the information presented, with the exception of wages and the cost of education. This book is a valuable resource to get teens thinking about their future in a new, holistic manner, and sends the message that satisfaction can be found by following your heart and working to realize your goals.
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