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
Prescreening, In-Depth Exploration, and Choice Model
Itamar Gati & Shiri Tal
The prescreening, in-depth exploration, and choice (PIC) model, proposed by Gati and Asher in 2001, Choice Model provides a practical systematic framework for making career decisions based on decision theory. The PIC model consists of three stages: (1) prescreening the potential set of career alternatives to locate a small and thus manageable set of promising alternatives; in-depth exploration of the promising alternatives, resulting in a list of a few suitable alternatives; choice of the most compatible alternative, based on a detailed comparison between the suitable alternatives. Decision theory has been regarded as a potential frame of reference for career decision making for almost half a century. This perspective conceptualizes career choices in terms of the cognitive processes used to locate the career alternatives most compatible with the individual's preferences and capabilities. Career decision making is a complex task. The number and variety of alternatives is often very large, and many ...