The Influence of Chance and Contingency Factors on Career Patterns of College-Educated Women



This study examined the perceptions of women college graduates regarding the influence of selected chance and contingency factors upon their career patterns 25 years after graduation. Data were examined to determine influential factors identified by the total sample and also those factors identified by respondents within five career pattern groups. Findings indicated that a significant proportion of the sample perceived eight contingency factors as influential in their career patterns. The chance factor “Unexpected Personal Events,” was also perceived as influential by a significant proportion. The Low Participation career pattern group was most dissimilar in comparison to the other pattern groups.