Monday, May 18, 2015

What Color is Your Parachute? for Teens {Blogging for Books Review}

From the Publisher
This updated career guide for teens draws on the principles of What Color Is Your Parachute? to help high school and college students zero in on their favorite skills and find their perfect major or career.
No 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 Parachute? to 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 more. 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.

Layout of the Book

What Color is Your Parachute? for teens is divided into three sections:

Part One/Discover Your Dream Job: And Plot to Get It - This section is where all of the work is! Through various exercises students will complete their "parachute" which will detail their skills, preferred work environment and goals.
Part Two/On The Way to Your Future: Help if You Don't Know Where to Go - Information on making the most of high school and higher education. Well-balanced approach to making the decision to go or not to go to college. Also includes section on goal setting and social media.
Part Three/Land Your Dream Job: Create Your Ideal Life...and More - How to search and interview for a job.

What I Thought

There are several things that I like about this book. First, the writing and tone of the book is not dumbed down for the current teen culture. I despise books with language modeled after social media posting. However, this book is written in a very straightforward, businesslike manner. It could be read ten years from now and while the content would be outdated, the language would not be. Second, the book is very practical. It contains sample thank you notes, how to conduct an information interview and great advice on job interviews.

However, there is always something I don't like. This time it was not the content of the book but the layout. The exercises are in boxes with shading that is much too dark. While these exercises are meant to be done on another piece of paper the dark shading would preclude you from making notes in the book. The parachute, a diagram that you need to complete, needs to be photocopied and enlarged. Not very user-friendly. This could easily be remedied by having a free download of the diagram on their website.

Overall, I view this as a good resource for high school students.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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