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Pryor, Robert G. L. – Australian Journal of Career Development, 2010
Theory in career development counselling provides a map that counsellors can use to understand and structure the career counselling process. It also provides a means to communicate this understanding and structuring to their clients as part of the counselling intervention. The chaos theory of careers draws attention to the complexity,…
Descriptors: Careers, Systems Approach, Career Development, Career Counseling
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Pryor, Robert G. L. – Journal of Employment Counseling, 2007
Holistic perspectives in career development have focused attention on complexity as important for counselors using assessment techniques. Increased emphasis on subjectivity has resulted in greater focus on qualitative measures versus traditional psychometric tests. These developments reflect issues such as the idiographic-nomothetic distinction…
Descriptors: Psychometrics, Career Development, Evaluation Methods, Extraversion Introversion
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Pryor, Robert G. L.; Bright, James E. H. – International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 2012
Failing is a neglected topic in career development theory and counselling practice. Most theories see failing as simply the opposite of success and something to be avoided. It is contended that the Chaos Theory of Careers with its emphasis on complexity, uncertainty and consequent human imitations, provides a conceptually coherent account of…
Descriptors: Career Development, Failure, Career Counseling, Theory Practice Relationship
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Pryor, Robert G. L.; Hawkins, Trevor K. – Australian Journal of Career Development, 2009
The onset of injury and disability can have a significant negative effect on individuals' social, interpersonal and vocational participation. This in turn impacts on individuals' current and future earning capacity. An objective assessment of post-injury work capacity is often sought through legal processes to determine the extent of this…
Descriptors: Employment Potential, Vocational Evaluation, Injuries, Disabilities
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Bright, Jim E. H.; Pryor, Robert G. L. – Journal of Employment Counseling, 2011
The Chaos Theory of Careers (CTC; Pryor & Bright, 2011) construes both individuals and the contexts in which they develop their careers in terms of complex dynamical systems. Such systems perpetually operate under influences of stability and change both internally and in relation to each other. The CTC introduces new concepts to account for…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Career Counseling, Counseling Services, Counseling Theories
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Bright, Jim E. H.; Pryor, Robert G. L. – Australian Journal of Career Development, 2008
This paper presents the implications of the Chaos Theory of Careers for career counselling in the form of Shiftwork. Shiftwork represents an expanded paradigm of career counselling based on complexity, change and uncertainty. Eleven paradigm shifts for careers counselling are outlined to incorporate into contemporary practice pattern making, an…
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Change, Prediction, Risk
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Pryor, Robert G. L.; Bright, Jim E. H. – International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 2008
This paper seeks to extend previous work on narrative career counselling by considering the role of plot within clients' narratives. Seven archetypal narratives derived from the work of Booker (2004) are introduced that represent systems of meaning to provide insight into how individuals interpret their experience. These plots can be understood…
Descriptors: Career Development, Career Counseling, Personal Narratives
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Pryor, Robert G. L.; Bright, Jim E. H. – Journal of Vocational Behavior, 2007
This article presents the Chaos Theory of Careers with particular reference to the concepts of "attraction" and "attractors". Attractors are defined in terms of characteristic trajectories, feedback mechanisms, end states, ordered boundedness, reality visions and equilibrium and fluctuation. The identified types of attractors (point, pendulum,…
Descriptors: Careers, Career Development, Comparative Analysis
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Pryor, Robert G. L.; Bright, Jim – Australian Journal of Career Development, 2005
The chaos theory of careers emphasises continual change, the centrality and importance of chance events, the potential of minor events to have disproportionately large impacts on subsequent events, and the capacity for dramatic phase shifts in career behaviour. This approach challenges traditional approaches to career counselling, assumptions…
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Counseling Techniques, Decision Making, Influences
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Bright, Jim E. H.; Pryor, Robert G. L.; Chan, Eva Wing Man; Rijanto, Jeniyanti – Journal of Vocational Behavior, 2009
This article reports three studies on the nature and impact of chance events. The first study investigated chance events in terms of the dimensions of influence and control. The second and third studies investigated the effects of multiplicity of chance events on career development are in terms of respondents' own careers and then in terms of…
Descriptors: Career Development, Experience, Influences
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Pryor, Robert G. L.; Bright, Jim E. H. – Journal of Employment Counseling, 2006
The chaos theory of careers draws together a number of themes in current theory and research. This article applies some of these themes to career counseling. The chaos theory of careers is outlined, and a conceptual framework for understanding assessment and counseling issues that focuses on convergent and emergent qualities is presented. Three…
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Physics, Systems Approach, Counseling Techniques
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Pryor, Robert G. L.; Amundson, Norman E.; Bright, Jim E. H. – Career Development Quarterly, 2008
The chaos theory of careers emphasizes both stability and change in its account of career development. This article outlines counseling strategies derived from this emphasis in terms of convergent or probability thinking and emergent or possibility thinking. These 2 perspectives are characterized, and practical counseling strategy implications are…
Descriptors: Careers, Probability, Career Development, Convergent Thinking
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Bright, Jim E. H.; Pryor, Robert G. L. – Career Development Quarterly, 2005
The purpose of this article is to set out the key elements of the Chaos Theory of Careers. The complexity of influences on career development presents a significant challenge to traditional predictive models of career counseling. Chaos theory can provide a more appropriate description of career behavior, and the theory can be applied with clients…
Descriptors: Career Development, Career Education, Guides, Influences
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McKay, Hannah; Bright, Jim E. H.; Pryor, Robert G. L. – Journal of Employment Counseling, 2005
Chaos career counseling, based on the Chaos Theory of Careers (R. G. L. Pryor & J. E. H. Bright, 2003a, 2003b), was compared with trait matching career counseling and a wait list control. Sixty university students who attended the Careers Research and Assessment Service seeking career advice were randomly assigned to the chaos intervention, the…
Descriptors: Intervention, Control Groups, Career Counseling, Career Development
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Bright, Jim E. H.; Pryor, Robert G. L.; Harpham, Lucy – Journal of Vocational Behavior, 2005
Two studies are reported that investigate the role of chance events as influences in career decision making. In study one, the results of a large-scale survey of high-school and university students (N=772) investigating influences on their career decision making are presented. Chance events were reported as influencing the career decisions of…
Descriptors: Career Choice, Decision Making, Surveys, High School Students
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