Phased Decision Model
Research recommends a phased approach for career decision making so that the individual career decision maker is able to methodically narrow down and reach the final choice. Self-discovery and learning (rather than a prescriptive approach) is critical for the process. And while O*NET is a comprehensive system to provide all information to a career decision maker, it is also fairly complex for an individual and even for counselors who want to use it.
Based on existing research and best practices from existing career decision models we have developed a six phased career planning model for use with O*NET, which we call ONETCPTM
Some of the key advantages of this model based approach are
The different phases (Orient, Navigate, Explore, Track, Choose & Plan) makes it easier for the individual to explore the world of work systematically and discover his / her best fitment in it
Besides considering the critical individual attributes (internal factors), the model also considers external (e.g. salary, job opportunities), cultural and social factors (e.g. parents opinions)
The phased approach largely reduces risks of wrong recommendations and also makes it easy for the career decision maker to holistically reduce his/her difficulties and reach a final and optimal choice
The systematic approach also establishes a working alliance between the counselor and the individual, an essential and a critical factor identified in career decision research