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What color is your parachute? for teens : discovering yourself, defining your future
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Richard Nelson Bolles was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 19, 1927. During World War II, he served in the Navy. He studied chemical engineering for two years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, then transferred to Harvard University, where he received a bachelor's degree in physics. After graduation, he decided to become an Episcopal minister. He received a master's degree in New Testament studies from General Theological Seminary in New York and was ordained in 1953. <p> He had been a clergyman for 18 years when a combination of budget problems and philosophical differences with superiors led to the elimination of his job and his dismissal in 1968 as a pastor at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. After six months of searching, he got a job with United Ministries in Higher Education, an interdenominational church organization that recruited and supported college chaplains across the country. However, when the college chaplains were increasingly being laid off, he decided to help the chaplains find new careers. He was an ordained Episcopal minister until 2004, when he left the ministry. <p> In 1970, he self-published What Color Is Your Parachute?: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers as a photocopied how-to booklet for unemployed ministers. In 1972, he recast it to appeal to a wider audience and found an independent publisher willing to print small batches so that it could be frequently updated. His other books included How to Find Your Mission in Life and The Three Boxes of Life and How to Get Out of Them. He died on March 31, 2017 at the age of 90. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)
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Preface to the Second Edition, Or How Can This Book Help Me? Welcome to the adventure of your life.    Wait, isn't this book about choosing a career? Yes, but before you can start making decisions about careers, you really need to think out the life you want and what work will help you get that life. What purpose do you want your life to serve? What purpose does work serve in your life?     This book can help you answer those questions.  By reading this book and doing the exercises, you will learn how to describe the life you want as a young adult (or beyond), what you want in a dream job, and how to use that information to help you identify the training, education, and jobs that will help you get the experience and skills you need to qualify for your dream job.    Work you will enjoy grows out of your values--that is, what is important to you. This book has been written to help you learn, step by step, what values are important to you and what kind of a life you want. That way, you'll be able to describe what makes up a job that is good for you and how to go about getting hired to do work you want to do.    We know you don't really want to read a book. You're asking, "Isn't there some quicker method of learning what kind of career is right for me?" It would be so much easier if there were a foolproof method for helping each teen discover their perfect job. It would be lovely if there were a "sorting hat" for careers. Put it on your head and instead of saying which Hogwarts house you belong to, it would tell you what job was perfect for you. But there really isn't one perfect job that, if you're lucky enough to guess right, you'll have forever. What's perfect for you will change with age, experience, and the economy.     Like the Knights of the Round Table, you have a quest. Except, instead of finding the holy grail, your quest is to find your place in the world, what kind of a life you want, and how you are going to earn a living in ways you can enjoy. Most teens want their adult years to be fun and fulfilling--which is hard to achieve if you hate your job.     As fascinating as you are, it can take a while to get to know yourself and to pull information about you and the world of work together. In studying young adult success in transitioning from school to work, it's surprising to find that it takes about ten years to get from no clue, to a detailed plan, to well-employed. So if you hope to spend your quarterlife birthday celebrating your personal and professional success, plan on beginning your career exploration about age fifteen.    Why fifteen? There are lots of reasons, but the most compelling is that you've still got plenty of time to become aware of dozens of careers, check them out, toss some out, find some more to explore, and eventually find several options that really interest you. In addition, planning ahead gives you time to take classes that will improve your employment skills or let you go deeper into subjects you like.    If you're just fifteen, you can skip the first four chapters (for now). Read them when you're seventeen or eighteen. Those chapters are for older teens with some work experience, and teach you how to find your favorite interests, skills, and goals to create a description of what you want in a job. We suggest you start reading this book at the end. Chapter 12 is about the life you want as a twentysomething, which is a good goal to start thinking about now!  You might also want to check out How to Find What You Love to Do: Naming Your Interests (chapter 1, page 10) and the Party exercise (chapter 2, page 23) to get ideas about career fields to explore.     Fifteen is a good age to Excerpted from What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens: Discovering Yourself, Defining Your Future by Carol Christen, Richard N. Bolles All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.
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In today's über-competitive climate, you can't just wing it when you graduate and count on finding a great job (or a great job finding you). It pays to figure out your interests early, so you can decide what additional schooling--and tuition debt--makes sense for your chosen field. In What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens , career authorities Carol Christen and Richard N. Bolles not only help you plan for these decisions, but also help you define the unique passions that will lead  you to your dream job. With new chapters on social media and sustainable jobs--along with all-new profiles of twentysomethings who've found work in solar energy, magazine writing, and more--this new edition has all the nitty-gritty details you need to get started now. Most importantly, it's packed with the 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.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Preface to the Second Editionp. x
Introductionp. 1
Part 1Discovering Your Dream Jobp. 5
1What You Love to Do: Your Favorite Interests and Best Skillsp. 8
2Who You Love to Work With: Your Favorite Types of Peoplep. 22
3Where You Love to Be: Your Ideal Work Environmentp. 28
4Putting the Pieces Together: Identifying Your Potential Dream Jobsp. 37
Part 2On The Way to Your Futurep. 55
5What Do I Do Now? Making the Most of High Schoolp. 57
6What Do I Do Next? Making the Most of Collegep. 80
7Goal Setting: A Tool to Shape Your Futurep. 94
8Social Networking: Using Social Media to Boost Your Careerp. 99
Part 3Landing Your Dream Job ... and Morep. 109
9How to Search for--and Find--Your Dream Jobp. 111
10The Top 10 Mistakes Job Hunters Make--and How You Can Avoid Themp. 141
11Tracking Emerging Career Trends: Green Careers and Sustainability--p. 147
12Beyond Your Dream Job: Creating the Life You Wantp. 152
Appendix AWhat Everyone Wants to Know: Where Are the Jobs?p. 159
Appendix BConsidering College?p. 162
Appendix CMore Information Interviewsp. 164
About the Authorsp. 174
Indexp. 175
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