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Career and Chaos
Transcript of Career and Chaos
– The process by which a system self-organizes into coherence and adapts to maintain or recreate order when impacted by internal or external influences.
– typical patterns of human behavior…skills, interests, aptitudes, etc.
Key CTC Concepts: Attractors
The Chaos Theory of Careers:
nearly all career development challenges can be understood in terms of individuals trying to impose closed systems thinking on an open systems reality.
From narrowing down to being focused on openness
From control to controlled flexibility
From risk as failure to risk as endeavor
From goals, roles and routines to meaning and mattering
From knowing in advance to living with emergence
From trust as control to trust as faith
Some CTC Paradigm Shifts
The meaning of Work
and the meaning of Chaos
What does work mean to you?
We often think of work as something we do... what are some of the things that work does to us?
Organizes our life/time
Suggests movement or Achievement
(As it relate to
Can work roles change over time?
Work and career are an interactive process:
The way that we think about this relationship impacts how careers develop over time.
Major =/= Career
Major/Industry =/= Income
Problematics of Linear Thinking:
Focus on a single trait
A limited perception or point of data projected across an entire field
A closed system
That keeps repeating itself.
Influences seem disparate, results can seem chaotic.
Multiple themes that may conflict
and cause confusion.
I should go to Grad/Law School
can tell me what to do
I should wait to start a
job search/think about career goals
(re)Defines sense(s) of Identity
as asked by students:
Consider Brooks' discussion of "The Question".
Why is "The Question"
[AKA "WISE WANDERINGS"]
consider multiple perspectives
Don't assume linearity
The constant of
Planning will never be absolute
be ready for and take advantage of unplanned experiences
Unfocus your eyes:
Step back to appreciate patterns
Be mindful of attractors
"This was a practical joke
from The Great
What is known?
What is unknowable?
What can we learn?
"I don't want to sit at a desk"
"people say Sociology is not a worthwhile major... I don't want to have anything to do with Sociology"
Explore new interests through:
volunteer, internships, and work experiences…
talking to people (informational interviewing)
Be mindful in creating opportunities:
Networking | Informational interviews
Continue to process and self-reflect
to help connect the dots and move forward
Do you believe we can exert influence over work?
Our minds respond to:
Concrete, linear information
Edcucating ourselves into a job
Step-wise educational systems
Seeking The Correct Answer
[AKA - Deductive Reasoning]
What can I do with this degree?
Industry =/= Work Role
Conclusions that studens often reach: