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


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

  1. Jaina Rose Jaina Rose says:

    This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.I m a high school junior almost senior You know what that means I m big time stressing about college After years of deliberating I ve gotten no closer to a definitive decision about what career I want to pursue in college Computer science Information Technologies Accounting Publishing Who knows So when I saw that I could get a review copy of What Color is Your Parachute, I jumped at the chance.But of course, I mentioned I m a juni This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.I m a high school junior almost senior You know what that means I m big time stressing about college After years of deliberating I ve gotten no closer to a definitive decision about what career I want to pursue in college Computer science Information Technologies Accounting Publishing Who knows So when I saw that I could get a review copy of What Color is Your Parachute, I jumped at the chance.But of course, I mentioned I m a junior planning to go to college And you may not have noticed, but it s May otherwise known to high school students worldwide as AP testing month I got through about half of the first chapter and then completely dropped it because my brain was too tired to do anything in my free time but watch I Love Lucy.I m back, though, and I spent the last week slowly working my way through the rest of the book I can t say I enjoyed reading it, because it s not that kind of book, but I do think it was very thought provoking The parachute idea is genius, it really is It took me weeks to finish filling it out, mainly because there s quite a bit of work that goes into completing each section and I didn t have the time to do it which goes back to the whole AP testing thing I honestly probably didn t put as much thought into my answers as I should have, so I think if you really let everything simmer the way Christen wants you to, it would take a month or so The second half of the book focuses on tips for conducting interviews, applying for jobs, etc It was a little less interesting for me, because I m not there yet, but it could be a very helpful resource in the future There s also a chapter about managing your online presence I didn t really like that one very much, because I don t use my real name online for safety reasons It might beuseful for other people, though.Now it s time for my biggest complaint with this book its physical format The parachute is just a tad too small, so you have to cram everything in with barely legible small font The text next to the parachute literally says To make it easier to use, photocopy this page and enlarge it Then the introduction to part one has this helpful tip Take your book to a print shop and have it spiral bound Removing the spine makes the book lie flat so it s easier to read and photocopy Do you see a problem here Why do I have to get the book spiral bound, and then enlarge the parachute Surely it would be muchconvenient if they did that in the first place It s not exactly a huge turn on to open the book and be faced with go spend your money and time doing something we could have done, but didn t want to Physical logistics aside, What Color is Your Parachute a great resource that I highly recommend for anyone who s still deciding what to do after high school When you re ready to do some soul searching, start filling out your parachute When you re looking for some good career search resources, flip through What Color is Your Parachute you ll find everything you could ever need, though it s unfortunately scattered throughout the text instead of gathered in one place When you re looking for a one stop quick guide to planning for your future, give What Color is Your Parachute a try I will definitely be referring back to it in the future.I received a copy of this book through the Blogging for Books programs in exchange for an honest review


  2. Teechutha Netcharussaeng Teechutha Netcharussaeng says:

    Good book for those who are unsure of what career path they should take This book isn t going to magically expose your hidden talent just by reading it However, there are several exercises to reflect upon yourself, whether it s your favorite interests, your best skills or the community you like to be in These exercises are going to provide you some interesting questions that you may have never thought about yourself, leading to clues for future career options This book has a lot of insights Good book for those who are unsure of what career path they should take This book isn t going to magically expose your hidden talent just by reading it However, there are several exercises to reflect upon yourself, whether it s your favorite interests, your best skills or the community you like to be in These exercises are going to provide you some interesting questions that you may have never thought about yourself, leading to clues for future career options This book has a lot of insights that are very helpful, especially for teens like me Wonderful book


  3. Cathy Cathy says:

    Remember the original hanging around my house, and this is written for teens without cheesy references My high school seminar students will benefit from the practical strategies IF my grant for a class set of books is funded NoI love CSI so I will be in forensic scientist These activities will provide an avenue for informed choices.


  4. Daniel Daniel says:

    Was very helpful in allowing me to discover myself It reconfirmed what I felt was the right career path for me and gave useful insights into job searching, financing my education and basically, how to find the right job once you know which job you want However, given my situation being outside of the US and all, some parts of the book were not as applicable but still good to know.


  5. Doha Ibrahim Doha Ibrahim says:

    Enlightening


  6. Abigail Post Abigail Post says:

    DISCLAIMER I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FOR FREE AS PART OF THE BLOGGING FOR BOOKS PROGRAM, IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW NO OTHER FORM OF COMPENSATION WAS GIVEN, AND ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS REVIEW ARE MY OWN OVERVIEW I love science I love computers, making them bend to my will programming them, and technology That all adds up to Computer Science, of which I will major in However, that decision hasn t always been concrete In order to major in the sciences, one had to possess an inordi DISCLAIMER I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FOR FREE AS PART OF THE BLOGGING FOR BOOKS PROGRAM, IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW NO OTHER FORM OF COMPENSATION WAS GIVEN, AND ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS REVIEW ARE MY OWN OVERVIEW I love science I love computers, making them bend to my will programming them, and technology That all adds up to Computer Science, of which I will major in However, that decision hasn t always been concrete In order to major in the sciences, one had to possess an inordinate amount of intelligence, I thought I ain t that smart, I thought So, I took personality tests, major quizzes, everything I could get my hands on Still Computer Science Still, I wasn t sure I scoured the sites of colleges I was interested in, but they didn t answer my question Am I really qualified for this Then, I started to read books like WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE Cue light bulb moment.I got the skillz, and I can totally pursue my major With confidence, ya ll.Many of us are at that stage of life when deciding a career path is, well, stressful So, I had high hopes for this book Now, at first, I thought WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE was going to be one of the follow your dreams kind While I m all for my dreams of becoming a published author, I m not exactly smart enough to make any real money off my writing yet So, I typically avoid books like that They re a little impractical.Thankfully, this book surprised me The authors know what they re talking about, and even this Google addict learned a whole lot about careers and college majors It s easy to pick a college major once you discover what kind of jobs you re interested in The authors of this book know how to talk us youngsters Its language is simple, and any technical jargon is explained This book is an excellent resource, written to help you do just that.WHAT S IT ABOUT There are three sections to WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE view spoiler DISCOVER YOUR DREAM JOB And Plot to Get ItON THE WAY TO YOUR FUTURE Help If You Don t Know Where to GoLAND YOUR DREAM JOB Create Your Ideal Life and More hide spoiler There are twelve chapters in total, and four chapters to a section.Before we get started, if you think this book will be a go to, end all for your college choices it s not It won t help you choose a college major, and it won t detail various job titles for you That would be a long book However, it will give you a broad idea of where to look for your ideal job position Then, you re given the ultimatum to find a college major that suits you.In the first few pages of the book, you re given an example parachute In it, you re supposed to detail your work preferences The book goes through everything you need to know about the parachute, and guides you through your answers However, I suggest keeping a notebook in which you detail your soul searching The parachute given is much too small You must either possess tiny handwriting, or a mini pen to write in that thing.In under 200 pages, What Color is Your Parachute talks about what a Holland Code is mine s IEA or EIA, what s yours , job shadowing, interviewing skills, work environments, and job sustainability Within the first section, you re asked to describe your skills yes, we have skills, whether or not we ve obtained employment and interests Those skills and interests are expanded upon into potential career choices, which translate into college majors for you.Then, the book gets into the real nitty gritty The author, Carol Christen, begins to discuss high school and college She explains goal setting, and how those goals help you stay on track during the school years Christen even talks about social media, and how we can best utilize it to further our educational careers That was an interesting chapter, as Christen discussed the social media platform LinkedIn, and how your social media presence can either help or harm your college admission chances and your employment status.The author even discusses student loans It talks about how to repay them, how much to borrow, and what to expect because of them That section is a short one, but it truly makes the book worthwhile.SO, WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK If you re in high school, and you re pretty sure of what your future career, it s a good read But, if you re in high school and you don t know what your future career ought to be this book was written for you, I think.WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE Is short enough for a weekend read, and during the summer, I highly encourage you to pick it up a local bookstore or library Originally posted on my blog, Writing Abby


  7. Natalia Natalia says:

    I flipped through this book and think it may be a good resource for teens who are not sure who they want to be Although my kids seem to be set on their chosen professions, I will keep this book in mind in case they change their mind Just to note, this book seems like a lot of work You really need to be determined and motivated to zero in on the best fitting profession in order to benefit from this book.I took a second look at this book after a while It does look like a lot of work and I don I flipped through this book and think it may be a good resource for teens who are not sure who they want to be Although my kids seem to be set on their chosen professions, I will keep this book in mind in case they change their mind Just to note, this book seems like a lot of work You really need to be determined and motivated to zero in on the best fitting profession in order to benefit from this book.I took a second look at this book after a while It does look like a lot of work and I don t think any teen is so motivated to find what careers interest them that they would want to work with this book I took some pointers from it but mostly, it does not look very compelling or interesting I don t think my kids will ever pick this book up


  8. Emily Bennett Emily Bennett says:

    I am ashamed of myself On the very same day that I started reading this book, I gave it up I started reading it because I had decided that I would use this summer in a productive way The particular productive way was to explore different career options, then what I would need to study in college to pursue those careers, and then start narrowing down my college options.This book really didn t help me with that I got bored quickly, and quickly gave it up Not to mention, it also made me feel p I am ashamed of myself On the very same day that I started reading this book, I gave it up I started reading it because I had decided that I would use this summer in a productive way The particular productive way was to explore different career options, then what I would need to study in college to pursue those careers, and then start narrowing down my college options.This book really didn t help me with that I got bored quickly, and quickly gave it up Not to mention, it also made me feel pretty crappy about my lack of transferrable skills Needless to say, I quickly lost interest and stopped reading


  9. Samantha Samantha says:

    I thought this book was helpful for the most part In my opinion certain parts of the book are best to read at certain points in your life Like part one is best to read when you re in 8th or 9th grade and part three islike for when you re in college, searching for your first job dealing with your major I found this section kind of over whelming since I m not there yet I m only going to be a senior in high school I would recommend this book to anybody who wants advice for finding a per I thought this book was helpful for the most part In my opinion certain parts of the book are best to read at certain points in your life Like part one is best to read when you re in 8th or 9th grade and part three islike for when you re in college, searching for your first job dealing with your major I found this section kind of over whelming since I m not there yet I m only going to be a senior in high school I would recommend this book to anybody who wants advice for finding a perfect job career and interview question etc


  10. Paige Paige says:

    This book has a lot of helpful information and advice I read it through, and now I want to go back and do some of the exercises that I think will be helpful as I start my own business I liked how the writing was professional, but easy to follow and to read I would recommend this to any of my teen young adult friends, with the reminder that the world thinks differently than Christians, and so the why we do what we do may differ a bit from the book s philosophy May your future dream job, and This book has a lot of helpful information and advice I read it through, and now I want to go back and do some of the exercises that I think will be helpful as I start my own business I liked how the writing was professional, but easy to follow and to read I would recommend this to any of my teen young adult friends, with the reminder that the world thinks differently than Christians, and so the why we do what we do may differ a bit from the book s philosophy May your future dream job, and your future life, be lived to the glory of the Lord God