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Krumboltz’s Careers Theory
August 13, 2019
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John Krumboltz’s planned happenstance theory makes it OK to not always plan, because unplanned events could lead to good careers.

John Krumboltz is an established career theorist. He most recently developed ideas about supporting indecision in clients. He states that indecision is desirable and sensible, as it allows the opportunity for clients to benefit from unplanned events. This theory is called planned happenstance. 

This emerging theory specifically addresses the need for people to deal with change within the rapidly changing labour market. Managing life transitions is seen as an essential career management skill. Krumboltz’s theory offers insight on how to deal with the limited degree of control we have over some career experiences.

At the core of this theory is the fact that unpredictable social factors, chance events and environmental factors are important influences on clients’ lives. As such, the counsellor’s role is to help clients approach chance conditions and events positively. In particular, counsellors foster in their clients:

  • curiosity to explore learning opportunities
  • persistence to deal with obstacles
  • flexibility to address a variety of circumstances and events
  • optimism to maximise benefits from unplanned events.

Krumboltz states that people with these qualities are more likely to capitalise on chance events and turn serendipity into opportunity.

Furthermore, several factors have been highlighted as being helpful in career management, including:

  • the commitment to ongoing learning and skill development
  • ongoing self-assessment
  • assessment and feedback from others
  • effective networking
  • achieving work-life balance
  • financial planning to incorporate periods of unemployment.

These attributes and tasks enable you to turn chance encounters and occurrences into career opportunities.

Sources

  • The Calgary Board of Education, (www.cbe.ab.ca/).
  • Toews, M, ‘Planned Happenstance – Krumboltz: An Emerging Theory’, accessed December 2008, (www.cbe.ab.ca).
  • The University of Hawai’i System, (www.hawaii.edu).
DWP Touchbase: Edition 136
August 13, 2019
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Touchbase is brought to you by the Department for Work & Pensions

Recent changes to the DWP ministerial team have meant that some areas of work have moved. Find out where responsibilities now lie

This edition of Touchbase includes information on:   

  • changes to Universal Credit 
  • how to contact a Universal Credit claimant’s case manager
  • the EU Settlement Scheme
  • support for survivors of domestic abuse
  • Working Chance
  • a consultation to reduce health-related job loss
  • volunteering whilst claiming benefits
  • joining Disability Confident
  • Post Office card accounts

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Are You Prepared for Your Job Hunt?
August 13, 2019
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Ask your clients to answer the following 10 questions to discover how ready they are for job hunting.

Are You Prepared For Your Job Hunt?

If you’re well prepared, it makes it easier to apply for your dream job when you see it.

Answer the following 10 quesitons to discover how ready you are for your job hunt.

The 10 Questions

Is your answer yes or no?

  1. My CV is up-to-date.
  2. Someone has proofread my CV.
  3. I know how to write a good cover letter.
  4. I have documents like my qualification certificates, references etc.
  5. I have an up-to-date LinkedIn account.
  6. I have suitable interview clothes.
  7. I know the best way to answer typical interview questions.
  8. I’m happy with what employers can see on my social media accounts.
  9. I make time to search for and apply for jobs.
  10. I’ve told people I know that I’m looking for a new job.

Your Results

If you have answered ‘no’ to any of these 10 questions then talk to your Job Coach to get the help and guidance you need so you can answer a positive ”YES” to them all!