In my first blog on this topic I spoke about: helping people embrace chance events in their lives
 taking action, and
 encouraging curiosity.
Let’s talk about what else you can do as a career advisor to assist people in “intentionally” creating “serendipitous” events to create opportunity by changing their perspective of the situation.
4] One “gift” we have as career advisors is the ability to reframe events in peoples’ lives in such a way to make it look like an opportunity. (See my article, Advisors Are The Wizard of Oz http://bit.ly/12nmpIA ). People bring us their view of unplanned events or surprises in their lives that, all too often, are viewed as obstacles. Our job is to help reframe the event and to encourage them to look at it as a career opportunity.
Getting laid off from a job, changing their major because “it didn’t work out”, or being rejected again, are events out of their control in most cases. The old school answer “things happen for a reason” is close but not exactly what people need to hear.[Read more…] about Changing Perspectives Using Intentional Serendipity