and What kind of job do I want? are perhaps some of the toughest decisions high school and college students will face. Richard Nelson Bolles, author of the bestseller What Color Is Your Parachute? and former director of the National Career Development Project, teams with career strategist Carol Christen to adapt Bolles' revolutionary career guide into What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens.
This approachable, inspirational guide first asks young adults to ponder their interests, skills, favorite types of people and ideal work environment through guided questions and discovery exercises. Once teens have identified their potential dream jobs, the authors suggest ways, such as extracurricular activities and job shadowing, to gain information about these career paths. For teens with little work experience, the final section on job-search basics, interviewing and the top 10 mistakes job hunters make and how you can avoid them is invaluable.
Bolles and Christen hold readers' interest with quick tip and reality check boxes, profiles of successful 20-somethings, and websites to seek out further information. While they certainly want to see young adults find a successful job, the authors also hope that teenagers will see this guide as a tool for defining their futures. Angela Leeper is an educational consultant and freelance writer in Wake Forest, North Carolina.