Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Monday, June 22, 2009

Keeping Up with the Careers Literature Is Hard To Do

An alternative is to read some of the abstracts from selected journals. Getting them as RSS or 'news' feeds makes this pretty painless. And if you get overwhelmed? Right-click on the feed and select 'Mark feed read' to get a nice clean start.

I found this little beauty today in a recent issue of The Journal of Career Assessment (more precise information below).

The Happenstance Learning Theory

John D. Krumboltz

Stanford University,

What-you-should-be-when-you-grow-up need not and should not be planned in advance. Instead career counselors should teach their clients the importance of engaging in a variety of interesting and beneficial activities, ascertaining their reactions, remaining alert to alternative opportunities, and learning skills for succeeding in each new activity. Four propositions: (1) The goal of career counseling is to help clients learn to take actions to achieve more satisfying career and personal lives—not to make a single career decision. (2) Assessments are used to stimulate learning, not to match personal characteristics with occupational characteristics. (3) Clients learn to engage in exploratory actions as a way of generating beneficial unplanned events. (4) The success of counseling is assessed by what the client accomplishes in the real world outside the counseling session.

Journal of Career Assessment, Vol. 17, No. 2, 135-154 (2009)
DOI: 10.1177/1069072708328861

The news feed is A closely related journal is The Journal of Career Development whose news feed is

To get news items like these delivered automatically to your desktop I suggest that you use FeedDemon which you can obtain at no cost (for Windows) here. Install FeedDemon then click on the news feed links above to subscribe to them. Once you have got your feet wet with news feeds I think you will be amazed at what is available and that it turns up without your having to go after it.

By the way, the above journals, and many other useful and/or entertaining items, can be found easily by doing a search of feedmil.