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  1. Planned Happenstance‘Chance favours only the prepared mind’ Louis Pasteur Siobhan Neary-Booth Liane Hambly

  2. Aim to consider • the role that chance plays in career choice • implications for practice copyright Liane Hambly 2007

  3. ‘Chance’– dictionary definitions • Accident … ‘unexpected event’ • Luck … ‘fortune’ • Serendipity … ‘making of pleasant discoveries by accident’ copyright Liane Hambly 2007

  4. Your career …… What role has ‘chance’ played? e.g. - being in the right place at the right time - people you met/ connections copyright Liane Hambly 2007

  5. Trait and Factor (Holland) copyright Liane Hambly 2007

  6. Why work with chance? • Life is complex and changeable. Rational matching is not sufficient copyright Liane Hambly 2007

  7. Why work with chance? • Life is complex and changeable. Rational matching is not sufficient ‘classical decision theory or rational decision strategies … are simply no longer sufficient for today’s complex changing world … changing one’s mind will be an essential skill in the future’. (Gelatt 1989) copyright Liane Hambly 2007

  8. Why work with chance? • Life is complex and changeable. Rational matching is not sufficient • People have diverse decision making mindsets …these can be as effective (if not more so) as rational decision making copyright Liane Hambly 2007

  9. Why work with chance? • Life is complex and changeable. Rational matching is not sufficient • People have diverse decision making mindsets …these can be as effective (if not more so) as rational decision making • Coping with uncertainty, being flexible are desirable employability skills copyright Liane Hambly 2007

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  11. How did you contribute to chance events? - being ready and willing to take action - being open-minded and flexible • taking a risk and seizing the opportunity • networking …. being ‘out there’ talking to people • being involved … voluntary work, interests, learning • Exploring, being curious • Staying positive/ optimistic copyright Liane Hambly 2007

  12. Guidance in the UK: Bimrose 2006 Despite there being little evidence to support or refute its effectiveness (Scharf 1997) the matching approach is still dominant copyright Liane Hambly 2007

  13. Guidance in the UK: Bimrose 2006 Despite there being little evidence to support or refute its effectiveness (Scharf 1997) the matching approach is still dominant • Why? copyright Liane Hambly 2007

  14. Guidance in the UK: Bimrose 2006 Why? …. • The outcome of ‘best fit’ suits policy makers • It’s quick: a one-off intervention • It has a practical appeal for practitioners • It clearly defines our role as an ‘expert’ copyright Liane Hambly 2007

  15. Decision making styles (Bimrose) • Evaluative • Strategic • Aspirational • Opportunistic copyright Liane Hambly 2007

  16. Planned Happenstance in action Mitchell at al (1999) copyright Liane Hambly 2007

  17. Assisting clients to develop skills copyright Liane Hambly 2007

  18. Planned happenstance in action • Reframe career myths e.g. there is a perfect job out there • Challenge the notion that you need to decide before taking action • Engage client in curious exploration: network, learning, build confidence, try different things copyright Liane Hambly 2007

  19. Other implications Screening / diagnostic questionnairesshift the focus from having a plan careers education/ guidance activities and resourcesfacilitate learning of… different approaches to decision making,curiosity,flexibility, persistence, optimism, risk-taking copyright Liane Hambly 2007

  20. Practitioner values ‘Careers counsellors have not been trained to be comfortable with a client who remains undecided for very long’ Mitchell at al (1999) copyright Liane Hambly 2007

  21. Advice for career practitioners(adapted from Mitchell et al 1999) • Acknowledge - it is normal, inevitable and even desirable for unplanned events to influence careers • Think of indecision not as a problem to be remedied but a useful state • Help clients to develop skills that will enable them to take advantage of unplanned events copyright Liane Hambly 2007

  22. Kathleen Mitchell: The unplanned career 2003 ‘Careers are seldom planned but are often developed by being aware of and acting on the landmarks that appear on the way’ ‘An unplanned career is full of opportunity’ copyright Liane Hambly 2007