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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 8 and up
  • Series: What Color Is Your Parachute for Teens
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 2 edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158008141X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580081412
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“You won’t generally find ‘How to choose a career’ among high school or college classes. Young people still have to figure it out on their own. This updated career guide for teenagers, a spinoff of the original What Color Is Your Parachute?, seeks to fill that gap in an easy-to-digest way.”
—Associated Press’s Finance Bookshelf, 5/14/10

“If you’re ready to take ownership of who you are and how you live, this book will take you, step by step, through the process of creating the life you want financed by work you enjoy.”  
—Penelope Trunk, author of Brazen Careerist
 
“Out of all the methods I have ever used to find a career that interests me, this book is undoubtedly the most comprehensive and informative of them all.” 
—Chris Mitchelitis, high school senior

About the Author

CAROL CHRISTEN is a career strategist who has provided life/work planning since 1979. Specializing in working with teenagers, Carol lives along California’s Central Coast.

RICHARD N. BOLLES has been a leader in the job-hunting field for more than thirty-five years. Author of the best-selling career book What Color Is Your Parachute?, Bolles lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit www.jobhuntersbible.com.

JEAN M. BLOMQUIST is a freelance editor and writer with experience as a college admissions counselor.

Customer Reviews

Recommended for junior high in addition to high schoolers.
B. Hire
Has excellent charts and exercises to help you work toward determining what your skills and interests are and what type of career might be fulfilling for you.
Ellen Ray
I highly recommend the book to parents, AD/HD and Career Coaches and teens who want the most out of life.
Robin Roman Wright

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Robin Roman Wright on December 4, 2010
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I am a Career and AD/HD Coach and a parent of a teen and college graduate. I have helped many teens and young adults - from 15 - 29 - identify their transferable skills and prepare a short-list of career options using this book. I find that my teen clients easily grasp the straight-forward approach and benefit from completing the Discovery Exercises. By identifying real life examples where a teen solved a problem, met a challenge or reached a goal, a student learns about his/her talents and sees how those talents could be valuable to a future employer. More importantly, they obtain advice about how to create a fulfilling life. This particular exercise helps students who might not be scholastically inclined just as much as it helps those who are at the top of their class. With my own children, the principles and "game plan" outlined in the book have helped me enlighten, guide and encourage my children. I highly recommend the book to parents, AD/HD and Career Coaches and teens who want the most out of life.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By sdserf on October 24, 2012
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Truthfully; I did not read this book - I bought it for my grandson. I did skim through it and my grandson said that he enjoyed the book. I bought the adult version of "What Color is Your Parachute" in 1996. I was about to retire from the Navy and start the next chapter in my life - the book was great. I believe that the teen version is probably even more useful. How many teens know what their apptitudes are and which career they are best suited for? I recommend that parents and grandparents purchase this book for their teenagers. It can provide guidance in a very uncertain period in their lives. SDSerf
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Mckenzie on November 21, 2010
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I am really enjoying the book, I'm going through it myself
before I start referring the young adults I work with to it. I love that you point out
that research and planning is what's important, not necessarily going
to college. I realized that I have been ripping myself off because I
failed to finish college, expecting less because that's what I had
been programmed to believe (don't go to college = don't earn good
money). Thank you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CJ on August 20, 2013
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This is one of the best resources I have seen thus far. I love the work page to "assemble" the parachute. The entire book is a step-by-step process, providing students with an outline how to perform quality career research.

The book explains not only WHAT to do but WHY it matters. Teens will find valuable examples, templates and Internet links to assist with the research. The tips for successful use of Social Networking are highly useful for teenagers and adults alike.

What I absolutely love the most is the fact that the book emphasizes that getting a career is a deliberate process and shouldn't be left up to chance. Students cannot hear this soon or often enough. Excellent book that I am recommending every chance I get!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Lawrence on June 7, 2014
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OK, how many of you would invest $300,000 to $500,000 in a company that had no track history, no set goals and objectives and no feel for the product it was producing? That's what folks do when they send their kids off to college hoping that, by some miracle, four years later and hundreds of thousands of dollars spent the kid will emerge with an education and a vocation. I believe that college has become an "end" rather than a "means to an end:" and that many youth are really clueless as to what they want to do when they "grow up". This book is a self-study guide (it should be used as a textbook in high schools) that will help a young person zero-in on what occupation they might be good at and interested in when they graduate from high school. Even if, after reading the book and doing the exercises within, they don't have a solid idea of what their occupational goal is, they will be much more able to evaluate potential vocations in the future. It will put them into a frame of mind that is always asking the question, "is this type of work what I will enjoy doing?" In my experience, the book should be read and the exercises done with some sort of "coach" so that the student keeps on track and has someone to bounce ideas off of as they are going through the material.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CoachLu on September 5, 2011
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This book was written for teens and i have recommended and bought a few for teens. However, i see the principles in this book applicable to all age groups. Carol has done a great job and I would recommend this book as a great place to begin career exploration for everyone.
This book has helped highlight skills I already knew about and gave me confidence to approach my choice of volunteer work with confidence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Helen Thomas on August 23, 2013
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I like the book's purpose and intent but I found it was a little more intense than I wanted it to be for a young teenager. I found it useful for myself as an adult more so.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 27, 2014
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A little too high level for middle school, but a great conversations starter. For high schoolers, it should be mandatory reading!
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