This is the supplemental workbook to accompany What Color Is Your Parachute 2006 that is discussed here. I say supplemental because it is something that must be purchased separate from the main book. I disagree with this piece being supplemental because the exercises detailed in this workbook are fundamental in getting a solid and clear grasp on what your career path should be. Therefore I believe the two pieces should always be bought, sold, read and completed as one package.
This workbook does a fantastic job of stepping the reader through every part of the Flower Petal Exercise, which is arguably the most beneficial component to the What Color Is Your Parachute school of study. The workbook steps you through a number of activities that allow you to clarify key job-related components that will lead you to “A Picture of the Job of Your Dreams,” according to Bolles.
These key components are built off your determined transferable skills. Examples of such skills are teaching other people, speaking to a large group and resolving conflicts. The components that spring from the skills include your ideal geography, interests, people environments, values, working conditions, salary and level of responsibility. There is huge value in getting all of these thoughts down on paper. Not only will you be much clearer about your ideal career, but you will also be much clearer about who you are as a person and what is truly important to you. If you were to get nothing out of these exercises except for clearly defining your values, the workbook would be worth its weight in gold.
Please take this tool seriously. It is something that can be so very powerful when used in its full capacity. I will warn you again as I did with What Color Is Your Parachute. This workbook is not something you will be able to read through and call it a day if you are expecting to get anything of value from it. It will take work. In fact it will take a lot of work. But if you get into it and excited about what you are going to learn about yourself then you will have a great time going through the exercises. Any time you find yourself with the opportunity to learn more about whom you are as an individual, it is fundamental that you seize that opportunity. Never will you regret it. I know I haven’t.
Judging by my research and experience in this field, there really is no other resource that offers the type of eye-opening discoveries about yourself and your ideal career as this system Richard Bolles has put together in his book and the accompanying workbook. My recommendation is to buy this workbook at the same time you purchase the most recent copy of What Color Is Your Parachute and complete them both within a week or two. You will be amazed at the insight that such seemingly elementary exercises can provide. Time to get started.
-Reading for Your Success