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    Jim Peacock

with Special Guest John Krumboltz


 Thursday, August 11, 2011, 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, Noon Central, 1 pm EST,  6 pm Zurich, 7 pm Istanbul

Career Advising Using Happenstance


As career professionals, we can help our clients use the creation of luck or unplanned events in their lives as a tool in their own career development.  Discover how one career practitioner changed his life by applying John Krumboltz's Happenstance Model into practice. Learn what five basic skills you need to encourage chance events to happen and how to encourage chance events in your clients' work and personal lives.



Jim Peacock is a college career counselor, nationally certified Career Development Facilitator and CDF Instructor, trainer and speaker. Owner of Peak-Careers, Jim helps career professionals combine academic and career advising to produce the best results for their clients. He provides professional development, consulting and speaking for career professionals. Jim is Director of the Advising, Career and Transfer Center for Kennebec Valley Community College in Maine and owner of Peak-Careers Consulting. He recently created a five-week online seminar which reviews Krumboltz, Mitchell and Levin’s theory of happenstance. He has a Masters Degree in College Student Services Administration. Jim is  Past President for Maine Career Development Association (2004) and earned NCDA’s Outstanding Career Practitioner Award in 2007.




Take a few minutes to write down past unplanned events that were instrumental in you changing directions in your career path or opening up an unexpected opportunity.  You can do this exercise by yourself or in a group.

Further define each event.


  • Was it an event?
  • A Person?
  • Or a non-event? (something that you wanted to happen but did not)
  • What did you do to take advantage of it?

Once this is complete, and if you have done this with another person, share your stories.  One of the first principles of Happenstance Learning Theory is that we need to ‘normalize’ that unplanned events are a part of everyone’s life and that we should look for unexpected events in the future.


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Before we begin, here are a few instructions for listeners:

  • If you have a question, press 5* on your phone.
  • Directly after the interview, be sure to fill out the evaluation linked to your call-in instructions, especially if you want to earn CEUs. 
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This is Dr. Sally Gelardin with Careerwell Tele-Interviews.  The job market is dismal.  We need all the help we can to help our clients from sinking into depression and losing their shirt. To help us help our clients, Jim Peacock, our speaker today, has composed a distance course on the Happenstance Learning Theory. He will talk about HLT and give us some hints on how to apply it.  We are also fortunate to have John Krumboltz on this phone call, and I just found out that Dick Bolles is also with us today.


I shall interview Dick in September. Meet these great speakers live at the Poetics of Aging Conference in San Francisco, November 16 - 19.  John Krumboltz and Dick Bolles, as well as several other Careerwell speakers (Norm Amundson, Mark Guterman, and upcoming Careerwell speaker Caitlin Williams) will be presenting at this first ever conference.  Jim, listeners, you are all welcome to join us. 


If you have a live conference featuring Careerwell speakers, let me know and I shall announce your event on Careerwell.


Welcome Jim, welcome John, welcome Dick, and welcome listeners!  Please put on your creative thinking caps because, as a good teacher,  Jim will give you an opportunity to ask questions and will ask you some questions! Download Jim's Powerpoint if you want to follow along with the interview.

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Interview Questions

  1. How did you first get excited about Happenstance Learning Theory? (slides 5 -10)
  2. Can you talk more about some of those chance events in your life?  (slide 13)
  3. How has the Happenstance  model changed your career counseling? (slide 17)
  4. Besides info interviews, what other ideas do you use to encourage chance events in people’s lives? (slide 20)
  5.  Can you describe how you might have a conversation with a student about this? (slides 21-23)
  6. Do you think there are some students / clients who respond better to this happenstance discussion? (slide 24)
  7. Are there some people who are NOT good candidates for using Happenstance Learning theory? (slide 25)
  8. So how do assessments fit into this theory? (slide 26)
  9. Any advice for learning more about this topic? (slides 27- 28)



Thank you Jim, John, and listeners. Join me for the following upcoming August interview:

  • 8/18/11 Christopher Baur, Managing Personal and Professional Ethics on the Job: How To Avoid The Ethics Disaster You Never Saw Coming (ethics can be boring to some, but not with Chris Baur)
  • 8/25/11 Deanna Negal & Randy Miller,  Distance Delivery for Career and Counseling Advising (we continue to explore distance delivery of career advising services by learning from the experts: the Readyminds team, that offers several distance certificate programs through the Center for Credentialing and Education, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors.)

This is Dr. Sally Gelardin with Careerwell Tele-Interviews.

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