The Chaos Theory of Career Development

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Most of us like to think that
we have chosen our occupations, rather than them choosing us. We have reasons
for what we are doing, visions of where we want to get to. We have career
planning, career goals – the feeling of control.
And yet if you ask people
about their career decisions, almost 70% report that they have been
significantly influenced by chance events. The two Australian psychologists who
carried out this research, published next month in the Journal of Vocational
Behaviour, believe they have provided further support for the Chaos Theory ofCareer Development. I wouldn’t argue with that.
About the author

Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD
is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from
University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about
scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book
“Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks.

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.