Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Kevin R. Kelly
Career indecision is the inability to specify an educational or occupational choice and can include focal problems, such as lack of information, or a combination of problems, such as choice anxiety and trait indecision. Career indecision is experienced by high school and college populations not only in the United States, but also in countries such as Belgium, Canada, Portugal, Israel, and Taiwan. Career indecision is a relatively common experience for adolescents and young adults in industrialized countries who are making the transition from formal secondary schooling to higher education or full-time employment. Counselors have an array of assessment tools at their disposal to distinguish between the two major presenting problems: developmental indecision and chronic indecisiveness. Distinct treatment approaches should be implemented for these two forms of indecision. There are five basic career decision problems. Lack of information has long been considered to be the primary source of indecision. Information deficit ...