Did you know that happenstance—luck and the creation of unplanned events— can play a role in both your own career development and that of your students or clients?
In this course, we’ll review Krumboltz, Mitchell and Levin’s theory of happenstance and explore how we as career professionals can help our clients use the creation of luck or unplanned events in their lives as a tool in their own career development.
INSTRUCTOR: Jim Peacock
“Thank you for the opportunity to learn more about Happenstance Theory! This was an engaging and useful seminar that I would recommend to other career counselors without hesitation.”
Maria Frankland – Happenstance OLS Winter 2015
Date(s): Feb 3 – Mar 9, 2024
Instructor: Jim Peacock
Participation: 5-week commitment
Contact Hours: 15 Recertification hours: Peak-Careers is an NCDA-approved provider. Also meets CCE approval for GCDF and BCC
Each participant will be able to:
- Describe the general principles of the theory of happenstance
- Identify examples of chance in your own life
- Describe four steps a person can do to take advantage of unplanned events
- Name at least three tasks to recommend to your clients to help them create happenstance opportunities
- Identify the three steps in controlling unplanned events
- Describe how to integrate the principles and tools of happenstance into career advising and counseling
Week Zero: I use week zero to have everyone log into the online Learning Management System and to ensure they are comfortable navigating the webpage.
Week 1: Introduction/overview & general principles of happenstance
Week 2: Making the most of unplanned events
Common myths about planning careers
Keeping options open
Chapters 1-3 in the text
Week 3: How to create unplanned events
Chapters 4-6 in the text
Week 4: Myths of the current job market
Chapters 7-10 in the text
Week 5: How do career assessments fit into this theory?
Incorporating happenstance into your practice
Interactive online seminar in discussion boards with career professionals like you. Participants will have weekly assignments, readings and discussions. Assignments open on a Saturday and are open for 7 days. You may log in and post discussions at times convenient to you. I only ask that you post initially each week by Wednesday so that the discussion can continue all week.
Participants must purchase Luck Is No Accident by John D. Krumboltz, Ph.D. and Al S. Levin, ED. D. All other assigned articles are provided.
Must have Internet access with ability to read Microsoft Word documents and Adobe PDF files and ability to view video (primarily YouTube videos).
- Payment is due in full at least one week prior to seminar beginning unless other arrangements have been made.
- Cancellations must be in writing via email.
- If you cancel, and have paid thru PayPal, Venmo, or our Quickbooks invoice, we will refund you minus their fees
- If Peak-Careers cancels the seminar, a full refund will be granted.
- Cancellations less than 1 week before the seminar begins will result in a $50 fee.
- No refunds will be granted for cancellations once the seminar begins.
- Refunds will be issued within 2 weeks from the cancellation request date.