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Planned Happenstance: Creating Your Own Opportunities
Transcript of Planned Happenstance: Creating Your Own Opportunities
Creating Your Own Opportunities
5 Skills of Planned Happenstance
Planning is everything
Everything is in your control
Push toward certainty in knowing what you want to do and how to get there, i.e. Not okay to be unsure
Asking questions to be able to do something
Knowing your interests, skills, and values guarantees a match with the “right” career
and that it will happen
of career development
events play a role in career planning
Do “not be bound by a plan that may be obsolete before it is
formulated”. (Mitchell, Levin, & Krumboltz, 1999, p. 117)
just to know
Being curious and to ask “what would happen if...” questions
Knowing your interests, skills, and values is an important
element in having success in
creating your own
opportunities in a career path that fits
Think of someone who seems to be
In small groups discuss what attributes you think lucky people have.
What about people who never seem to get a break?
What attributes do
Get involved in something on campus
Create ways to fill in gaps in your experience
Learn how to articulate your strengths and interests
Work on an interdisciplinary project
Look for opportunities to develop new skills
Do an internship
Talk to someone in the career you're pursuing!
Join LinkedIn (for networking, research, exploration, getting connected, etc..)
"Instead of asking adolescents what they want to be when they grow up, a better question is,
what would be
to try next
Why 20 Isn't the New 30
A Little About ...
To occur by
A view or attitude
Follow your curiosity and identify your
Remove The Blocks:
Rather than “I can’t because..” wonder "how can I.."
Expect The Unexpected:
Be prepared for chance opportunities, such as chance encounters,
impromptu conversations and new experiences
Learn, develop skills, remain open and follow-up on chance events.