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The eParachute Introduction to Your Career and Job Search

Discover Your Purpose & Ideal Career w/ the Author of the #1 Career and Job-Hunting Book “What Color is Your Parachute?”
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What Will I Learn?
Gain a new understanding of yourself, who you are, and the unique talents, skills and gifts you already have.
Have the ability to describe in detail what your ideal job would look like, and what are the gifts you have to offer the world.
Have the ability to explain clearly to a prospective employer what makes you uniquely fitted to help them achieve their goals.
Have much stronger self-esteem and self-confidence.
Have the ability to know how to decide what is most important to you when faced with different options.
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  • The willingness to do a bit of remembering.
  • The willingness to do a lot of thinking.
  • The willingness to follow directions carefully.
  • The willingness to trust that this course has a long history of actually working; it has currently helped up to 10 million people.

We all face times in our lives where we have to make challenging, sometimes life-altering decisions. We might be choosing or switching careers, or picking a college major. We might be going through a divorce or other moment of crisis. Sometimes it can simply be recognition of a lack of fulfillment and purpose in our personal and professional lives.

Discover Your Passions and Your Ideal Career Using the Methods of the World's #1 Career and Job-Hunting Book, “What Color is Your Parachute?"

  • Gain a new understanding of yourself, who you are, and the unique talents, skills and gifts you already have.
  • Be able to describe in detail what your ideal job would look like, and what are the gifts you have to offer the world.
  • Develop the ability to explain clearly to a prospective employer what makes you uniquely fitted to help them achieve their goals.

Self Inventory as a Path to Employment and Career Fulfillment

Too often, career search begins with looking for employment vacancies; scanning the job markets and trying to figure out how to best “fit in", writing a resume, searching employment ads, and replying and waiting for responses.

This is what I refer to as the “Traditional Method" of career search.

But not all career search methods are created equal. In fact, as outlined in my book, most job hunters and career changers would be shocked to see just how ineffective the Traditional Method of job hunting really is. And when a job is acquired, too often that job isn't one that we find fulfilling, that truly aligns with our skills and knowledge and passions.

For over 40 years, I've been offering an alternative – one that really works, one that has been helped up to 10 million people. And it all begins with the information in this course, which I call “self inventory".

Why would a career search start with self-inventory? It's simple, really - because the best answer to “What shall I do?" flows from knowing “Who you are".

By the end of this course, you will have a new understanding of yourself, and your unique talents, skills and gifts. You will know what your ideal job looks like, to you. You will be able to explain clearly to an employer what makes you uniquely qualified to help them achieve their goals.

You will stop acting as a “job beggar", and instead will see yourself as a “resource" – ready to search for the employer for whom you will already be a perfect fit.

You do need to know that you will need to do a lot of writing (or audio recording) of yourself. There is a lot of material here. There is a handout or exercise for each of this course's seven parts. This will take time, though you can do it in a week, if you do one unit each day. And it is important to do all the units in this course.

But if you stick with it, by the end of the course you will have a picture of who you most fully are. A picture of a job that will give voice to all you are. And where you would shine, because it uses the best of who you are.

And you will be well on your way to the career of your dreams.

Who is the target audience?
  • People trying to understand themselves better.
  • Students trying figure out their college major, or a first career.
  • People trying to decide what to do next, with their lives.
  • Workers who are fed up with their job, and who want to choose a new career.
  • The long-term unemployed.
  • Those wondering what an ideal job for them would be.
  • If you don’t have the willingness to put in a bit of hard-work (thinking), this course may not be for you.
  • If you are looking for someone else to quickly answer the question of “What shall I do with my life?” for you, this course may not be for you.
  • If you are unwilling to do all the units in this course, this course may not be for you.
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Expand All 43 Lectures Collapse All 43 Lectures 01:35:43
6 Lectures 09:55

What you can expect from this course. What you should be prepared to do in the course. What you'll get out of the course once you complete it.

Preview 01:48

The core part of job-hunting, career change, or finding your purpose in life is "self-inventory." In this module, you'll learn what it is, and why it's so important.

Preview 02:02

Handout: The Flower - A Self-Inventory (print before watching Lecture 4)
1 page

Self-inventory works best if we use both words and pictures. This module will teach you why this is true, and how you can best organize the information about yourself.

Preview 03:01

Handout: Why You Need to Dream Big (print before watching Lecture 6)
1 page

You need to set a high bar when you job-hunt, career change, or search for purpose. In this module, you'll learn why, and about the importance of prioritizing what you learn.

Preview 03:04
The People Petal
4 Lectures 09:08
Handout: Holland's Party Exercise (print before watching Lecture 8)
1 page

The first "petal" of The Flower is your preferred People environment. This module walks you through a very effective method for determining the kinds of people you most want to work with, or to help.

Preview 05:25

Handout: My Favorite People Worksheet (print before watching Lecture 10)
1 page

This module gives you an alternative method for understanding the kinds of people you would most like to work with or help.

Second Approach to Inventorying Your Favorite Kinds of People
The Workplace Petal
2 Lectures 03:09
Handout: My Favorite Workplace Conditions Worksheet (print before watching #12)
1 page

The second petal of The Flower is Workplace. This module provides you with an exercise to list the kinds of workplace conditions that you don't like - and shows you how to convert those to positives.

How to Figure Out Your Favorite Workplace Conditions
The Knowledges Petal
6 Lectures 10:09
Handout: What Would Be a Dream School For Me? (print before watching Lecture 14)
1 page

The third petal of The Flower focuses on what you know. But this exercise starts by providing you with some "mental calisthenics" to dream about what you'd like to know.

Warmup: Your Dream School

Handout: Inventory of All My Knowledges Worksheet #1 (print before watching #16)
1 page

This module walks you step-by-step through the process of inventorying the fields or bodies of information that you most enjoy using.

Inventorying All Your Knowledges, Part I

Handout: My Favorite Knowledges Worksheet #2 (print before watching Lecture 18)
1 page

Here's another approach to inventorying your favorite knowledges.

How to Figure Out Your Favorite Knowledges, Part II
The Skills Petal
6 Lectures 13:40
Handout: Inventory of My Skills (print before watching Lecture 20)
1 page

The fourth petal is about your Skills - especially those skills that are transferable from one situation to the next. This module shows you how to write "stories" about activities you've done in the past that can illustrate the skills you most love using.

Inventorying Your Skills

Handout: Criteria Used to Choose Stories (print before watching Lecture 22)
1 page

In this section, we suggest that you write five to seven stories. But if you have any difficulties thinking about what stories to write, this module provides you with some ideas for brainstorming.

Troubleshooting: If You Can't Think of a Story

Handout: Bolles' Prioritization Grid (print before watching Lecture 24)
1 page

A list by itself is just a list, until it's prioritized. This module helps you to organize your Skills into order of priority - putting the ones you most love using at th

How to Prioritize a List of Your Favorite Skills
The Purpose Petal
4 Lectures 05:11
Handout: The Purpose For My Life: I Want There to Be More... (print before #26)
1 page

The fifth petal of The Flower is Purpose. This module teaches you how to make a statement about what you feel is your most important purpose in life.

How to Decide on Your Purpose In Life

Handout: Elements That Go Into a Philosophy of Life For Me (print before #28)
1 page

If the exercise in the previous module didn't give you the result you wanted, this module gives you an alternative approach to defining your Purpose, by helping you to write your own Philosophy of Life.

Alternative: Your Philosophy of Life
The Geography Petal
4 Lectures 08:47
Handout: Warmup - My Ideal Island/Ideal World (print before watching Lecture 30)
1 page

The sixth petal of The Flower is Geography. This module provides you with a "warmup" to stretch your imagination, and create a picture of an ideal island.

The World If You Could Create It

Handout: My Geography Preferences Worksheet (print before watching Lecture 32)
1 page

Armed with the creative brainstorming from the previous module, with this module you'll learn how to turn a list of your favorite geographical conditions into a description of the ideal place(s) you'd like to live and work.

The Salary Petal
3 Lectures 03:38

This module encourages you to step back for a moment, and pick which of the petals on The Flower is your favorite.

Sidebar: Which Is Your Favorite Petal Among the Seven?

Handout: Salary Worksheet (print before watching Lecture 35)
1 page

The seventh and final petal of The Flower is Salary. This module provides you with an exercise to help you determine your ideal salary range.

Inventory of What Salary You Need/Want
Next Steps Now That Your Flower Is Done
8 Lectures 13:06

This module will show you why it's important to prioritize what you've learned.

About Your Choices

Handout: How to Use My Flower #1: Pretend You've Found Your Ideal Job (printout)
1 page

One way to use what you've learned from your self-inventory is to envision what your work and your life will be like in the future. This module provides you with an exercise to dream about the future you can create for yourself.

Your Letter to a Friend, Five Years After Finishing This Course

Handout: How to Use My Flower #2: How to Make My Job-Hunt Secretly Fail
1 page

Whether you're going through a job-hunt, career change, or searching for purpose, this module will help you to understand the ways in which you might create roadblocks for yourself - so you can make sure you avoid them.

How Could You Make Your Job-Hunt Secretly Fail?

Handout: How to Use My Flower #3: The Practice Field Survey (print before #42)
1 page

Armed with the information from your self-inventory, you're ready to go out in the world and start "information interviewing" with other people to learn more about the kinds of work you might like to do. This module will teach you the most effective method for gathering information from other people: The Practice Field Survey.

The Practice Field Survey Just For Fun

This module will help you understand the possibilities that await you.

Conclusion: Congratulations! You've Completed the Course. What's Next?
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Richard (Dick) Bolles' landmark book “What Color is Your Parachute?" has sold more than 10 million copies and is revised annually. Parachute made the Library of Congress list of 25 books that shaped reader's lives, and has been lauded by TIME as one of the 100 ALL-TIME Best Nonfiction Books. Dick is also a co-founder of eParachute, which offers online career exploration tools inspired by his teachings. Dick has been featured in Fortune, Money Magazine, Business Week, The Economist, Fast Company, TIME, Forbes and Readers Digest. He has also appeared on The Today Show on NBC, and on CNN, CBS, Fox, and ABC TV, as well as on NPR and PBS radio.

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