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Capitalizing on Happenstance

  • Jan 22, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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At San Francisco Professional Career Network we have a single-minded purpose – to get people back to work.

To achieve this objective we strive to bring our members the latest information on job search tools and strategies whether it be the technical skills of interviewing and resume writing, or the art of developing a dynamic professional network.

We also keep our eye out for fresh approaches that shake up the status quo and get us thinking outside the box. This week's speaker promises to do just that.

SFPCN welcomes Stanford Professor John Krumboltz, an established career theorist. He has developed ideas about supporting a job seeker state of mind that many experience as an obstacle - indecision! He states that indecision is desirable and sensible, as it allows the opportunity for job seekers to benefit from unplanned events. Professor Krumboltz even goes as far as to say that planning is overrated.


For him, a better strategy is to take advantage of the unexpected. This theory is called “planned happenstance.”

What can you expect from this discussion?

  • how to recognize and leverage unplanned opportunities
  • learn how to cultivate the right outlook and tools, that can transform a fortunate stroke of serendipity into opportunity.
  • how to intentionally create desirable unpredictable events
  • see how action-taking is key to capitalizing on these unforeseen opportunities.

Professor Krumboltz is the author of a popular book entitled “Luck Is No Accident” – copies will be made available at a discounted price of $19.

We look forward to having you join us and Professor Krumboltz as we consider finding work through a different lens.

Presenter Biography

John D. Krumboltz, Ph.D., Professor of Education and Psychology at Stanford University, is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His Ph.D. in educational psychology and counseling is from the University of Minnesota, his M.A. degree in counseling is from Teachers College, Columbia University, and his B.A. in psychology is from Coe College.

He has worked as a high school counselor and algebra teacher, as a research psychologist for the U.S. Air Force and taught educational psychology at Michigan State University before moving to Stanford. During sabbatical years he accepted year-long invitations as a Visiting Senior Research Psychologist at the Educational Testing Service, as a Fellow at the National Center for Research in Vocational Education at Ohio State University, and as a Visiting Colleague in the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London as well as at the National Institute for Careers Education and Counseling in Cambridge, England.

He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and spent a year as a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences. On three occasions he has received the Outstanding Research Award from the American Personnel and Guidance Association (now the American Counseling Association). In 1990 the American Psychological Association's Division of Counseling Psychology gave him the Leona Tyler Award, the nation's foremost award in the field of counseling psychology. In 1994 the National Career Development Association presented him with their Eminent Career Award. In 2002 the American Psychological Association honored him with The Distinguished Professional Contributions to Knowledge Award. In 2004 the American Counseling Association designated him a Living Legend in Counseling. In 2006 he received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota.

Program Schedule

We begin networking at 9:00 a.m. and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. sharp and will run 1.5 hours. We finish the program by 11:15 a.m. $1.00 donation requested.

Mass Transit / Parking

Please note that Valencia Gardens' parking is restricted to its residents. Parking within its lot by non-residents will result in your vehicle being towed at your own expense. The 16th & Mission Street BART stop is two blocks from our location, while the Market & Church Street MUNI stop is four blocks away. Inexpensive parking can be found at the Hoff Street Garage, 42 Hoff Street, San Francisco.


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  • Lisa W.

    I found John to be quite interesting, enjoyable to listen to. I felt I know a fair amount of what he talked about. Then again, a reminder about the importance of taking action is helpful.

    January 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    John's "rebellious" theory and message about making career advances incrementally and opportunistically (in a good way) are a great antidote for perfectionists and extreme career planners and his witty delivery and prescription of having fun even while job hunting were all great to hear. Thanks!

    January 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed the fact that this has a lot to do with how you live not just which job you do. It is important for me to remember that. Thanks John.

    January 23, 2013

  • Voytek C.

    That was very good presentation by John, I liked it.

    January 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Capitalizing on Happenstance is a very important message, and I appreciated him bringing it to us. John, however, could have been more interactive and less lecturing and anecdotal in his approach, IMHO.

    January 22, 2013

  • Dr E.

    John Krumboltz is a great speaker. Entertaining and very wise and poignant.

    January 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great presentation!! Everything is so true that John presented.

    January 22, 2013

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