The first step toward a successful professional career path should be making a conscious decision to pursue a specific career. Based upon the Cognitive Information Processing approach to career development and services, Reardon et al. (2006) has grouped the process of making career decisions into three domains: Knowledge Domain, Decision Skills Domain, and Executive Processing Domain. The Knowledge Domain includes assessment of one’s own skills, values, interests and employment preferences, and gathering occupational information. This is commonly known as career exploration.


Career Decision Career Counselor Food Science Informational Interview Soft Skill 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Neef
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  1. 1.University of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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