Written by Carol Christen
Thursday, 08 April 2010 16:59

The age of DIY career development is here, and not just because the latest edition of What Color Is Your Parachute for Teens is on sale world wide.

If you are a teen or young adult who as certain life or career goals that you really want to achieve, DIY career development can help you achieve those dreams.  You need a well researched plan that you've gotten advice from several happily employed people.  for that is developing a plan for your initial and continued employability after high school, is essential. Just because there is no one at your school who can help you, doesn't mean you can pass on learning how to do this important activity for yourself.


Plus, being able to get the best job you can in any job market is a survival skill. Actually, it's a set of skills and every teen needs to know them by the time they are 15. Older teens need to know several jobs that use their best skill sets or be collecting information about the training or education needed for the jobs they want.

Think you don't need to know how to build your first career path? Waiting for someone to tell you what career would be a perfect fit? You'll be waiting a long time.

If not you, who? Who else has at much at stake as you do? Your future lifestyle will be enabled, or restricted, by the work you do. How can you learn to earning a living in ways that take advantage of your strengths and interests?

A lucky few thousand teens around the US, have access during their secondary education to substantive career exploration or planning classes. The majority of students will pass through high school, and most through college, without learning how to establish themselves in the field which they hope to work. High school teachers don't know this information. If secondary school guidance counselors know it, they are usually kept to busy taking care of the daily needs of their 500-600 assigned students to have time for helping students chart their post high school lives.

What to do? Learn it yourself or with a career mentor you've chosen to help you. The book is DIY friendly. By doing the Discovery Exercises throughout the book, you'll have a good idea what you want in a job. What Color Is Your Parachute for Teens also shows you how to get a job that overlaps, as much as possible in the real world, what you want.

Remember, in high school, you are not picking a job for life. You are picking a job that can support you as a young adult, say between the ages of 19 and 29. If you use your time in high school, or right after, to get some additional training, you can qualify for jobs that pay much better than minimum wage. Not only will they finance a fun lifestyle, they will also enable you to pay for more education or training so that without restrictive student loan debt, you can continue to qualify for more jobs you enjoy.