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Planned Happenstance ‘Chance favours only the prepared mind ’ Louis Pasteur. Siobhan Neary-Booth Liane Hambly. Aim. to consider the role that chance plays in career choice implications for practice. ‘Chance’ – dictionary definitions. Accident … ‘unexpected event’ Luck … ‘fortune’

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planned happenstance chance favours only the prepared mind louis pasteur

Planned Happenstance‘Chance favours only the prepared mind’ Louis Pasteur

Siobhan Neary-Booth

Liane Hambly

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Aim

to consider

  • the role that chance plays in career choice
  • implications for practice

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chance dictionary definitions
‘Chance’– dictionary definitions
  • Accident … ‘unexpected event’
  • Luck … ‘fortune’
  • Serendipity … ‘making of pleasant discoveries by accident’

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Your career ……

What role has ‘chance’ played? e.g.

- being in the right place at the right time

- people you met/ connections

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trait and factor holland
Trait and Factor (Holland)

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why work with chance
Why work with chance?
  • Life is complex and changeable. Rational matching is not sufficient

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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guidance in the uk bimrose 2006
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

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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?

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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’

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decision making styles bimrose
Decision making styles (Bimrose)
  • Evaluative
  • Strategic
  • Aspirational
  • Opportunistic

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planned happenstance in action
Planned Happenstance in action

Mitchell at al (1999)

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assisting clients to develop skills
Assisting clients to develop skills

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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

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other implications
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

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practitioner values
Practitioner values

‘Careers counsellors have not been trained to be comfortable with a client who remains undecided for very long’

Mitchell at al (1999)

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advice for career practitioners adapted from mitchell et al 1999
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

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kathleen mitchell the unplanned career 2003
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’

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