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Planned Happenstance: Creating Your Own Opportunities

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Transcript of Planned Happenstance: Creating Your Own Opportunities

Planned Happenstance:
Creating Your Own Opportunities

Career Planning
A
Happenstance
Exercise
Take Action!
5 Skills of Planned Happenstance
1)
Curiosity

2)
Persistence

3)
Flexibility

4)
Optimism

5)
Risk-taking
Traditional
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
Planning is
one element
of career development

Recognizing that
chance
events play a role in career planning

Advantages of
open-mindedness
...
Do “not be bound by a plan that may be obsolete before it is
formulated”. (Mitchell, Levin, & Krumboltz, 1999, p. 117)

Asking questions
just to know
something...
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
lucky
.

In small groups discuss what attributes you think lucky people have.

What about people who never seem to get a break?
What attributes do
unlucky
people have?

Get involved in something on campus
Create ways to fill in gaps in your experience
Network
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..)
In Conclusion...
"Instead of asking adolescents what they want to be when they grow up, a better question is,
what would be
fun
and
helpful
to try next
?"
-John Krumholtz
Planned Happenstance
"The
harder
you
work
,
the
luckier
you get."
-Gary Player
Creating Luck?
So...
Why 20 Isn't the New 30
A Little About ...
www.linkedin.com
Planned:
Having arranged
the parts
Happen:
To occur by
chance
Stance:
A view or attitude

Clarify Ideas:
Follow your curiosity and identify your
interests.

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

Take Action:
Learn, develop skills, remain open and follow-up on chance events.



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