There are strategies you can pursue to lure luck out of hiding. Peters, 1993

It is always good to have a game plan in life, but make sure you write in pencil and have an eraser ready. Adam Marchick, high school student.

 

Planned Happenstance Theory

Anticipate that unplanned events will inevitably influence your career

Initiate actions to increase the likelihood of beneficial unplanned events

Evaluate every event as an opportunity for learning

Take effective action

 

 


Traditional Assumptions about indecision

Planned Happenstance Assumptions about indecision

Help people overcome indecision and make a choice

Welcome indecision as a sensible approach to a complex and unpredictable future

Undecided

Open Minded

Help people plan to minimize effects of chance events

Help people create and capitalize on chance events

 


 

RADICAL IDEAS:


Indecision is sensible and desirable


Clients should be taught to create unplanned chance events


 

 

Skills applied to create chance:


       Curiosity: exploring new learning opportunities


       Persistence: exerting effort despite setbacks


       Optimism: viewing new opportunities as possible and attainable

       Flexibility:" changing attitudes and circumstance


       Risk-taking: taking action in the face of uncertain outcomes

 

 

GO OUT AND INVENT A CURIOSITY!

Engage your curiosity


Compose "How and Why" questions

Create guesses


Convert guesses into learning opportunities

Take action through exploration

 

 


 

Steps in applying Planned Happenstance:

1. Normalize planned happenstance in the client's history

       Goal:

              Make clients aware of how their own actions contributed to unplanned events


       Ask:

              How have unplanned events influenced your career?

              How did you enable each event to influence you?


              How do you feel about unplanned events in your future?

2. Expand upon curiosity


       Goal:

              Assist client to transform curiosity into opportunities for learning and exploration

       Ask:

              How is your curiosity excited?

              How have chance events contributed to your curiosity?

              How have you acted to heighten your curiosity?


              How could you explore the career implications of your curiosity?


 


 

 


 


 

The Openness to Vocational Opportunity Scale

 

On a scale from 1 to 5, answer how much you agree with the following statements.

 

      1                             2                        3                      4                          5

 Strongly Disagree         Disagree         Uncertain          Agree          Strongly Agree

 

  1.

____

When a situation is uncertain or even a little risky, I often go for it anyway. 

  2.

____

I usually take a chance and see what happens, rather than "play it safe". 

  3.

____

It seems like I am always interested in new things. 

  4.

____

When I encounter adversity, I have the ability to find the positives. 

  5.

____

I can usually come up with several possible solutions to a problem. 

  6.

____

I find uncertain situations to be adventuresome, rather than scary. 

  7.

____

I often find myself talking to people about what they do for a living or what they would like to do. 

  8.

____

I find it interesting to learn about what people do for a living. 

  9.

____

Taking risks is not part of my nature. 

10.

____

I make good things happen in my life. 

11.

____

Even when others get discouraged, I know I can find a way to solve the problem. 

12.

____

I prefer to take action in uncertain situations, rather than wait to see what happens. 

13.

____

I can think of many ways to get out of a tough situation. 

14.

____

I like to explore my surroundings when in a new place. 

15.

____

Obstacles can easily slow me down or stop me from pursuing a goal. 

16.

____

I'm always interested to hear new opinions or ideas. 

17.

____

I usually keep my mind open for new possibilities and opportunities. 

18.

____

When difficulties arise I usually see them as opportunities for growth. 

19.

____

I am usually motivated to solve most problems even though a solution might not be immediately apparent. 

20.

____

When one thing after another goes wrong, I feel like giving up. 

21.

____

Even though tough situations arise, I believe things usually work out for the best. 

22.

____

I am usually able to think up creative and effective alternatives to solve a problem. 

23.

____

I can think of many ways to get the things in life that are important to me. 

24.

____

I'm the type of person who keeps trying even when the situation looks bleak. 

25.

____

I do well with uncertain or unpredictable circumstances, because I'm a flexible thinker. 

 

Ulven, J. C. (2001). The Openness to Vocational Opportunity Scale: An application of the planned happenstance approach. Dissertation Abstracts International, 62 (10), 3364.

 

 

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