IN THEIR OBSESSION WITH getting kids into college, American high schools neglect to teach teens how to find jobs that are right for them. So, young people need to teach themselves, according to author Carol Christen. “We’ve indoctrinated teens with the notion that you can do this later,” said Christen, who has co-written a book to help kids find their place in the work world. “What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens,” published by Ten Speed Press, is a new take on a top-selling book about job-hunting by Christen’s co-author, Richard Nelson Bolles. Bolles’ original “What Color Is Your Parachute? ” has sold 8. 5 million copies. Bolles, an Episcopal priest, wrote it for fellow ministers who were losing their jobs. It became the job-seeker’s bible. People need time to figure out what work suits their interests and talents – so the sooner they get started the better, Christen believes. “My mission is to smarten young people up,” said Christen, who has done extensive career counseling with teens. “When it comes to what they’re going to do after high school, they go brain-dead. ” In a survey she did of adults age 18 to 28, 38% of the people who… Read full this story
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