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Press Release: Parachute For Teens

March 8th, 2010
Publicity Contact: Kara Van de Water
(510) 559-1600 x3054 •
Publication Date: MAY 2010


Discovering Yourself, Defining Your Future

Carol Christen and Richard N. Bolles with Jean M. Blomquist             

Just as columnists are beginning to talk about the cost to the United States of a “generation without jobs” and the long-term negative impact of careers that stall out of the gate, a new generation of job-seekers is preparing to enter the job market. Only 20 percent of 2009 college graduates had found full time work as of September (when the latest figures were released), and the unemployment rate of 16- to 24-year-olds stands at 52.2 percent (US Gov, 9/2009). Getting the best job one can in any market is a survival skill few youth are taught. In this tough economy, it is now essential for young adults to position themselves for a career as early as possible.

Carol Christen has worked with teens and young adults for more than 30 years and has made it her mission to equip young people with the skills they need to launch a successful career. Co-authored with Richard N. Bolles, Christen’s What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens adapts the time-honored techniques of What Color Is Your Parachute? for a younger audience—bringing vital new information to the fore about what young people need to do now to get the job they want later.

Tackling pertinent career issues young people face—from the high cost of education to the increasingly competitive job market—the book shows readers how to put together a blueprint for finding jobs that match their interests, and for getting the most out of high school and college in order to achieve their goals. Fully updated, this new edition offers timely advice on why foot-in-the-door internships are more important than ever and how a gap year with career goals in mind can ensure the right “purchase” in one’s education.

A huge portion of our young adult population spends their early twenties floundering with pointless education debt, no jobs, or jobs that are ill-suited for them. Loaded with self-discovery exercises and valuable tips from the world’s best-selling job-hunting book, What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens delivers unparalleled guidance—not only for teens in search of a perfect career, but for the parents and counselors eager to inspire them.

Carol Christen is a career strategist who has worked extensively with teenagers. She lives in Atascadero, California, and is available for interviews. For more information follow Carol (Parachute4Teens) on Twitter or her blog

RICHARD N. BOLLES has been a leader in the job-hunting field for more than 35 years. The author of What Color Is Your Parachute?, the best-selling job-hunting book of all time, Bolles has been the keynote speaker at hundreds of conferences. Bolles holds a bachelors degree cum laude in physics from Harvard and three honorary doctorates.


What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens: Discovering Yourself, Defining Your Future (second edition)

by Carol Christen and Richard N. Bolles with Jean M. Blomquist

$15.99 paper, 192 pages, 6 x 9 inches, ISBN: 978-1-58008-141-2

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