What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens: Discovering Yourself, Defining Your Future
More than 35 years ago, the world was introduced to the revolutionary career guide and job-hunting manual, WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? Now, for the first time, Richard Nelson Bolles presents his career bible's central concepts for teen readers. With simpler, more direct language, the teen PARACHUTE teaches high school and college students to zero in on their favorite skills and then to apply that knowledge to finding their perfect college major or job. A significant addition to the Parachute Library, this book will provide guidance and inspiration to a whole new generation of job seekers.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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Preface to the Second Edition
The "sorting hat" is a reference to the first book in the Harry Potter series. When the new students arrive at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the sorting hat is placed on a student's head. The hat provides a placement in one of the four school houses.
King Arthur presided over his fellow knights at the Round Table. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does the writer recommend reading this book for the first time at age fifteen?
Which simile does the author use to describe a job?
What percentage of college graduates found full time jobs in the year of this book's publication?
As you read the questions below, think about your responses. Record some of your first impressions as to how you will apply the lessons contained in this book.
Does your high school offer a career planning class? If so, what topics does it cover?
Read about ten jobs that don't even exist yet. (This annotation contains a link)
Define parachute career planning in your own words.
What do you love? (This annotation contains an image)
List your top three results in terms of interests here. Refer back to this list later.
Most successful people will tell you that the "road to the top" is conquered only by long hours and total dedication. Famous designer Vera Wang echoes this advice here. (This annotation contains a link)
What are the three types of transferable skills? Briefly describe each type.
What is the source of just 10% of our skills?
For more information about Down Syndrome, access this comprehensive resource. (This annotation contains a link)
TIP, standing for Things Information People, is a good acronym for remembering the skill categories. On the next few pages, you will do some thinking about your own skills. Record any initial strengths here.
What is the difference between can-do skills and want-to skills?
Who are the experts around you? Who are experts who are easily accessible? Consider the resources offered by this link. (This annotation contains a link)
What is another name for "specific knowledge skills"?
Describe past work experiences that you've had. Of these experiences, which have been your favorite or least favorite working experiences?
As you look at the graphic on the next page, consider your immediate reaction. It will be interesting to compare the three categories that first caught your eye with your actual survey results.
Sometimes people shy away from creative jobs for fear that these jobs are low paying. This interesting article suggests some roles for creative people that use similar skills but offer a more stable income. (This annotation contains a link)
Use the Define feature to learn the meaning of the word convalescent. Which word below would serve as the best replacement for convalescent as it is used in the text?
The Holland Code has many graphic representations. (This annotation contains an image)
What is the Mirror Theory? Cite details from the text to support your response.
Record a list of characteristics that you would look for in a "good boss" here.
Many school career centers also use metrics to determine a student's personality type. The Myers-Briggs test is one of the most popular. (This annotation contains a link)
Did you try one or more of these online resources? If so, which one did you find the most useful?
Trade and technical schools are sometimes a second thought option for certain students. Read this article for some advice as to why a trade might be the key to happiness for many people seeking a direction in life. (This annotation contains a link)
What percentage of your weekly time is spent at your place of employment?
Think about how interaction and negotiations make you feel. What level of chaos and conflict would suit you best in a job?
Based on these questions, how would you rate your current living environment? What does it offer that your ideal community offers and what does it lack? Write a short paragraph reflecting on this topic.
What is supply and demand? This economic concept can be hard to understand at first. (This annotation contains a video)
Take a moment to revisit your top skills and top interests. Do you see a natural connection between the two? If so, how will this be helpful in the future? If not, what kind of education and training will you need to close the gap between the two lists?
What does a cartographer do? (This annotation contains a link)
What is the distinction between a career and a job?
Make a list of four people who can offer a range of perspectives about your list. Consider a friend or family member, a teacher or coach, or even a current employer. Record your list here.
One of the most stable and flexible jobs for a science oriented person is civil engineering. Here's an interview with someone in this interesting field. (This annotation contains a link)
Is a gap year a good option for you? (This annotation contains a link)
What are three different fields or jobs that you are interested in at this point in the process? How do you feel about your current list?
Even younger job seekers use LinkedIn for online job networking. (This annotation contains a link)
Use the Define feature to learn the meaning of jargon. What is the best replacement for jargon in this sentence?
This website, from a college career center, offers some excellent interview preparation resources. (This annotation contains a link)
Record your own "pitch" here. Make sure it is concise and clear.
What is cold calling?
Take a few minutes to think about your own personal "Wow factor." What sets you apart from others? (This annotation contains an image)
Bill Gates has granted many interviews and speaks very candidly about his path to success. This interview offers some solid insights. (This annotation contains a link)
What is the purpose of the "Job Meter"?
What is a CPA and what does a CPA do? (This annotation contains a link)
Thank you notes are timeless and important. (This annotation contains a link)
Summarize the tips for an acceptable follow-up email.
Access at least two of these four suggested, online resources. Which one was the most helpful to you?
NACAC is an excellent website for learning about the wide range of college options. (This annotation contains a link)
What is a Fortune 500 company?
Make a list of at least three people on your high school campus who could serve as resources as you learn more about college and careers.
Teenagers typically spend __________________ percent of what they earn.
AP Central, run by the College Board, is an excellent resource for discovering options for course selection. (This annotation contains a link)
Learn more about the Rotary Club. (This annotation contains a link)
What defines formal job shadowing?
As one example, check out this site for the Sacramento, California Chamber of Commerce. (This annotation contains a link)
At this point, what else might you add to your portfolio?
This is a great tool for exploring college majors. (This annotation contains a link)
Summarize the information in the "reality check" section.
What percentage of adults over the age of 25 hold a college degree?
Many states, like California, have a community college consortium that helps prospective students gather information. (This annotation contains a link)
Brainstorm five to seven criteria that you could use to select a college.
It's never too soon to think about financing your college education. (This annotation contains a link)
Check out the very interesting efforts of Americorps. (This annotation contains a link)
What are the various branches of the military?
Here's a link to the comprehensive college admissions survey mentioned below. (This annotation contains a link)
What is emotional intelligence and how can it help a person?
Which is not included as a threat to the value of your college degree?
How do you determine ROI, return on investment? (This annotation contains a link)
What does the two-thirds formula recommend?
Reflect on how you've worked to develop your sense of integrity.
Being late to work is a common reason cited in a person's firing. This insightful interview offers tips on how to keep the job you have earned. (This annotation contains a link)
What does CEO stand for?
To find an internship that involves a public service aspect, consider this resource. (This annotation contains a link)
In 2014, creating your "own brand" is an important concept. Self marketing can be a crucial part of one's success. (This annotation contains a link)
Explore the world of venture capitalists. Summarize what VC's look for and some companies that have grown because of well-timed investments.
What is not something that goals do for us?
What is a SMART goal? (This annotation contains a link)
During the course of reading this book, have any of your goals changed? Why or why not?
Keep in mind your social media footprint when applying to college. (This annotation contains a link)
Use the Define feature to discover the meaning of protocol. Which word below serves as the best replacement in this sentence?
Using Twitter in an effective way requires knowing how Twitter works best for you. (This annotation contains a link)
List four to six documents that could help support your resume. If you don't yet have a copy of this document, jot down notes on how you can get a copy.
What statement accurately describe a difference between a good job and a dream job?
What is career coaching? (This annotation contains a link)
Write two additional interview questions that could be added to this list.
Find out why writing is "the loneliest job in the world". (This annotation contains a video)
Her advice about "be extremely flexible and adaptable" is excellent. What great advice have you received as you have started this search?
What is the difference between a personal network and a professional network?
Do a little research about mission statements. Find the mission statements from two companies or organizations which are of interest to you. Compare and contrast the mission statements here.
Learn more about NGOs. From this list, pick three to learn more about. (This annotation contains a link)
Beyond the company website or human resources department, what are some other reliable online resources for learning more about a company and job availability? List your starting points here and refer back to them as your search continues.
How will you dress for success? (This annotation contains a link)
How long does the average job search last?
Luck is not stronger than hard work. This inspirational scene in "The Pursuit of HappYness" shows the end result of hard work. (Note: Chris had loaned cash to his boss on the street on a previous day.) (This annotation contains a video)
Using your smartphone or a computer audio player, record your pitch. Listen to yourself and critique your strengths and weaknesses below. Record several versions to gain practice.
As you prepare your references, think about people who know and understand various sides of your personality. Begin a list of possible candidates to help you with this important part of your job search. List their names and contact information here.
VolunteerMatch can help you find opportunities in your local area. (This annotation contains a link)
List three or four of your favorite free time activities. When you have time to step back from your job search, choose an activity to pursue.
How many of these ten questions have you dealt with during an interview? And how did you respond? (This annotation contains a link)
Eye contact and a firm handshake are crucial for making a positive first impression. Grade yourself in this area. If you need improvement, how will you gain confidence?
Some interviews even take place via video. This video provides quick tips on acing any type of interview. (This annotation contains a video)
What does it mean to use your intuition? Are you the type of person who is able to tap in to your "gut feelings"?
Check out Guy Kawasaki's blog. He's passionate about selling yourself. (This annotation contains a link)
What is your comfort level with these types of questions? Are they too aggressive for your personality? If so, think of ways that you could word follow up questions which match your communication style.
Who is your "A-Team"? In other words, where are the talented people who like the things you like and do the things you would like to do?
Ideally, how many hours a week should you spend on your job search if you are unemployed?
In a "rags to riches" story, a person with little means displays extraordinary drive and becomes successful. This link provides some well-known examples. (This annotation contains a link)
If you're looking for a job, you should do all of the following except ________________ by 9 am.
In terms of financial matters, what are your current resources? (This annotation contains a link)
Conan O'Brien gives great advice. Who knew? (This annotation contains a video)
Identify a "job search buddy". How will you and this other person work together to have joint success?
Take a peek at the greenest building in the United States. (This annotation contains a link)
How is sustainable defined in this chapter? Give an example of two sustainable jobs which match your interests.
Evaluate this quote. Explain your interpretation in a few sentences.
Will your tombstone list how many hours you worked? Or something more meaningful? (This annotation contains an image)
Do you think that technology, which tethers people to their jobs even when not at the office, is an advantage or a disadvantage? Explain your reasoning.
What is your philosophy of life? (This annotation contains an image)
What does a philosophy of life help you do?
What are three specific ways that you will discover your purpose in life? When will these activities take place? What will be involved?
Judy Garland played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. (This annotation contains an image)
Appendix A: What Everyone Wants to Know: Where Are the Jobs?
The STEM Education Coalition is working hard on this issue. (This annotation contains a link)
What makes a job skill durable?
Appendix B: Considering College?