How one thinks about themselves, their options, and how they make decisions is an essential component of effective career decision making, as identified by Cognitive Information Processing. When that thinking becomes negative, or even escalates to dysfunctional, it can color the way the one views their strengths, interests, skills, as well as their career options. It can even impact their decision making process. Imagine telling yourself “I never make good decisions” as you are trying to make a career decision- it’s not going to bode well for the process!
Thus, career practitioners must learn how to help clients identify and alter those thoughts that are prohibiting progress in career decision making.
To read more about DCTs, check out this blog entry, written by Tech Twin Deb.