2% of adult population is working in their originally intended career. (Krumboltz & Levin, 2010) A majority of adults believe that chance events – or happenstance – has played a role in their careers. (Betsworth & Hansen, 1996)
Developed by John Krumboltz in 2010 Numerous learning experiences emerge from both planned and unplanned situations that impact the careers of individuals
These learning experiences can generate and/or influence: New skills Interests Knowledge Relationships Beliefs Preferences Emotions Future Actions
Purpose: To explore the role that happenstance has played in the careers of professional women and to identify best practices for incorporating the Happenstance Learning Theory into career planning Population and Sample: › Five professional women Attended Drake University Minimum of 10 years of professional work experience Live and/or work in the Des Moines metro area Held more than one job during their career
Research Design: › Qualitative Exploratory Case Study › Interviews and Memos Research Questions: › How has happenstance played a role in the careers of professional women? › How can the Happenstance Learning Theory be incorporated into career planning for professional women?