The categorization of serendipitous career development events

Deborah G. Betsworth, Jo Ida C. Hansen

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Abstract

This study explored two aspects of the construct of serendipity. First, it explored the incidence of serendipitous events influencing career development as perceived by a sample of older adults. Second, it developed categories to describe the events that people reported as significant. The sample was comprised of 237 older adults. Participants responded to a brief questionnaire that asked if their careers were influenced by serendipitous events. Those participants who responded yes were asked to describe the serendipitous events. The results indicated that 63% of the men and 57% of the women felt that their careers were influenced by serendipitous events. Eleven serendipity categories were identified, based on the participants' descriptions of these events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-98
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Career Assessment
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996

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