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Product Details

  • Series: What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens: Discovering Yourself
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580087132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580087131
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"…a great job simplifying the 400 pages of What Color Is Your Parachute? into a 166-page guide for young people." -- Ann Reynolds, Career Resources Manager, Worklife International, Australia

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* 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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I read this book back in the 80's and found it very helpful.
Karen Harris
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.
Still hopeful
In order to achieve a fulfilling life, all of us must do what we love & love what we do!
Lee Say Keng

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By T. Jason Smith on July 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
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?"
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Lee Say Keng on June 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
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!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Still hopeful on July 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Goosers on February 2, 2012
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan K McFarland on September 22, 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ken on December 13, 2008
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As a career outreach coordinator for schools in four counties, I have found this book to be a tremendous resource. It helps students in the early stages of thinking through potential future careers by examining their interests and abilities. Although most teens will change their career interests (probably many times). There is great value in beginning this process early because when students give serious thought to future careers they begin to make the connection to the importance of their education. I believe this can help be a motivating factor for helping them apply themselves to their current school endeavors.
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