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What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens, 2nd Edition: Discovering Yourself, Defining Your Future

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  • Posted December 6, 2010

    Seasonal note from the author

    Season's greetings to those thinking about buying this book for a teen or young adult. I hope you will!

    Winter breaks from school bring lots of downtime, car time, plane time and waiting around time. And, please, don't just buy this book for a teen, help them work through it. Or, help them find a career mentor within their extended family or friends. A career mentor should be someone they like, know and trust who can be positive and affirming but won't feed them any BS.

    Start with the last chapter and read over the Discovery Exercise "Creating a Picture of Your Ideal Life." The life a teen or young adult wants is financed by the work they do. Career mentors can help youth do this Discovery Exercise or talk them through it during that downtime I mentioned earlier.

    Parents and teens will be interested in the chapters Getting the Most Out of High School and College. Young adult readers can make good use of the information on using social networking for career information and job search and sustainable jobs. My learnings from years of running employment programs was distilled into chapters 9 & 10. As 87% of the participants of these programs got hired within 10 weeks, in an area with 12%+ unemployment, these techniques are proven job-getters. These days, career choice without a way to get a job in that field or career is pretty useless!

    Employers are completely frustrated by what they see as no bridge between school and the world of work. When they interface with young job hunters, it's usually after these young want-to-be workers have tumbled out of formal education--at whatever level that happens to be. Former students were most often completely immersed in their academic studies and have little understanding of what they can do for an employer or how employers will judge them in interview situations. Don't let a teen or young adult you know and love become one of the unemployed or under-employed. The pool of jobs that earn $11.00 an hour, or less, is the fastest growing employment pool in the US and most other Western countries!

    Qualifying for good jobs doesn't just happen in one way. Most high-skill, high-pay jobs need training, but not necessarily an academic degree. To learn more about the issues affecting young workers, please visit the book's blog [...]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2010

    Not just for teens!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012


    For me the sample stopped at the 21 page when it showed the sample went up to page 54. I was disapointed because this sounded like a good book and i wanted to get a feell for it.

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