What Color is Your Parachute - Career Aptitude Test - Choosing a Career

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the course?

What Color Is Your Parachute: The Online Course is your key to creating a picture of your ideal job or career. The new course is based on the bestselling book (more than 10 million copies) by Richard N. (Dick) Bolles.

The interactive course brings you all the best content and exercises from the Parachute book, including the Flower Exercise. Step by step, you’ll uncover your favorite skills, personal interests and passions, then translate them into marketable job skills for a career you LOVE. (How cool is that?!)

When you complete the course, you’ll receive your personalized “Flower Report.” This represents a picture (so to speak!) of you and your passions AND your dream job.

As a bonus, you’ll hear from Dick about the advanced job-hunting survival skills you need now.

Plus, you can take your job-hunt to the next level by sharing your Flower with your personal and professional contacts, your connections on e-Parachute, and others.

When can I start the course?

Right after you purchase the course. You’ll get an email confirming your purchase and including your user name and password. Just click the link in that email (or paste the link in your browser) and you’re IN.

How do I get started?

After you complete your registration and payment, you will receive an email with your user name and password. Click the link (or paste it into your browser), log in and you’re on your way.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for job seekers and career changers. It may be for you if you decide that this time you’re not going to do “just” a traditional job hunt: You are going to do a life-changing job hunt or career change. Meaning, one that begins with you and what you want out of life.

What is the “Flower Exercise”?

The “Flower Exercise” is a series of steps that helps you uncover your passions, including your favorite skills, special knowledges, values and more. When you complete your Flower, you will have a picture of your dream job... and the marketable skills you possess to go into it.

The Flower Exercise is the heart of this online course, just as it is for the Parachute book, which has sold 10 million copies and is revised every year.

What will I get out of the course?

The course is designed to help you get clear on your passions and interests, then translate them into marketable job skills for your dream job.

You’ll receive career insight and coaching throughout the course from Parachute author Dick Bolles.

You’ll receive a comprehensive report that details your favorite skills, special knowledges, and other elements , and that outlines next steps and strategies to help you pursue your dream job.

And you’ll learn the job-hunting strategies that are most (and least) effective, how to become skillful at interviewing, and the survival skills job hunters need today.

Can I save my work in the courseroom?

Absolutely. You can pick up where you left off the next time you log in.

Does my work get graded?

No. This course is all about you and discovering your favorite skills, special knowledges and more so you can find your dream job or career. There are no “right” or “wrong” answers.

Is there a teacher?

Your instructor is Dick Bolles, career expert and author of Parachute.

You also have a “tour guide”—or host—for the course. Suzy walks you through the entire course. That means, she introduces the topics, segues to Dick for his insight, kicks off the exercises, and, in concert with Dick, wraps up each segment and the course.

How long do I get to access this course? When does my registration expire?

There's no time limit established now, but that might change over time. We hope you'll start and complete the course soon after registering. That way, you’ll be on your way to discovering your passions and pursuing your dream job or career.

How long will it take me to finish the course?

That’s up to you. Most people take about four days to complete the course. Some take more time, others less. You’re working on getting clear on your passions, including your favorite skills, special knowleges and values, so you can picture and pursue your dream job or career. That’s well worth investing time for reflection and effort.

Keep your momentum once you start. You may want to step away and reflect, or involve family or friends on certain exercises. But it is important to come back quickly to the work of designing your life and work.

Can I retake the course for free?

After you complete the course, you are welcome to reread the content and watch the videos as often as you like. However, you won’t be able to redo the exercises after you’ve officially completed the course and received your final report.

JOB HUNTING

Will taking this course get me a job?

We wish we could say yes, but the job-getting part is entirely up to you!

This course prepares you to seek the work you’re passionate about. It gives you the job hunting strategies and tools to set yourself apart from the competition.

Joining eParachute.com lets you connect with other like-minded people: You've got the support of a community of fellow job hunters and career changers.

How much of the course is focused on job hunting tips and strategies?

There’s a bonus section devoted to survival job hunting. Plus, the course gives you access to exclusive job hunting insight straight from author Dick Bolles.

The heart of the course—the Flower Exercise—centers on helping you get clear on your passions. Once you are clear on your dream job or career, your enthusiasm and energy will turbo-charge your job hunt.

ONLINE (vs. BOOK)

How is the online course different from the book?

The online course offers all the best exercise from the best-selling book, plus it gives you online advantages.

With Parachute online, you use your computer to take the course and do the Flower Exercise. This course brings you the advantages of multimedia, interactive, and online courseroom technology. In other words, it’s informative, enlightening and, yes, fun!

The online course brings you Suzy, your video host and “tour guide.” Suzy leads you through the course and exercises. And it features Dick Bolles, Parachute author and career guru. Dick delivers insights for identifying your passions and dreams, then helps you pursue your dreams with advanced job hunting strategies and techniques.

When you complete the course, will receive your personal Flower Report, a comprehensive picture of your passions and your dream job or career, plus tips and strategies for going forward. This report is available to you online and is downloadable as a PDF document.

Another big difference is that you can share your Flower by email. That can help you expand your network and identify opportunities leading you toward your dream job.

Why did you put the course online?

We did it for you—and other job hunters and career changers worldwide. This course brings you all the best content and exercises from the best-selling Parachute book. It’s never been easier—or more fun—to uncover your favorite skills, special knowledges and other passions so you can pursue your ideal job or career.

Plus, now you can tap the power of online-only features to build a valuable network of connections and identify opportunities that take you toward your dream job.

Do I need to be a techie to take an online course?

Not at all. If you can browse the web and use a computer, you’ve got the technical skills it takes.

ONLINE COMMUNITIES

How do I tell others I took this course?

It's easy to let family, friends and work colleagues know that you took the course. Just use the "Tell Others" feature to send a quick email.

What are the advantages of telling others I took Parachute Online??

Taking this course and getting clear on your passion is a big, BIG step toward designing your ideal life and work. It's a great reason to connect with your family, friends and colleagues. It's also another way to begin building awareness of and support for your job hunt. These steps could take you closer to landing your dream job.

What is eParachute?

eParachute.com is your online community of people making positive changes in their lives. Visit eParachute for more help with your job hunt or career change and to connect with others.

What are the advantages of an online community?

Looking for a job or changing careers, even when you’re pursing your dream, is hard work. It’s especially helpful to connect with others who are making positive changes in their lives. You can help others pursue their dream job… and build awareness and support for your job hunt.

An online community, such as eParachute.com, may also help you generate ideas, contacts, job leads and interviews. In short, it could be key to helping you find your ideal job.

PRIVACY AND SECURITY

Is my course information private?

Yes. It is stored on a secure site.

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS

What are the computer requirements?

Your computer needs Flash Player 11 and ONE of these browsers:

  • IE8+
  • FF 3.6+, recommend FF 7+
  • Safari 5+
  • Chrome 14+

THE CREATORS OF THIS COURSE

Who is Dick Bolles?

Career guru Richard N. Bolles has been helping job-hunters for 40 years with his classic job-search guide, What Color Is Your Parachute? The book has sold 10 million copies and is revised every year.

Dick Bolles and Capella Education Company teamed up to bring What Color Is Your Parachute: The Online Course to job hunters and career changers worldwide.

What is Capella Education Company?

Capella Education Company is a national leader in online education and the parent company of Capella University.

What is Capella University?

Capella University believes that education is critical to every person’s opportunity to realize his or her full potential. More than 38,000 students are expanding their career-relevant skills and knowledge through online bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and post-graduate certificate programs at Capella.

Capella, an accredited* online university, offers more than 135 specializations in key fields, including business management, health care, higher education, K-12 education, information technology, counseling, psychology, public administration, and public safety.

Learn more at www.capella.edu

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), www.ncahlc.org.

 

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