3.02 Career Management Vocabulary 1. Alternatives A choice limited to one of two possibilities, as of things, propositions, or coursed of action. 2. Benefit A payment or gift 3. Bias A tendency to believe that some people, ideas, etc., are better than others that usually results in treating some people unfairly 4. Chance The occurrence and development of events in the absence of any obvious design. 5. Characteristics Pertaining to, constituting, or indicating the character or peculiar quality of a person or thing; typical; distinctive 6. Complaint Decision The choice is made for you by someone else, with your permission. Making 7. Compromise Something that combines qualities or elements of different things; to give up something to reach a decision. 8. Consequence The effect, result, or outcome of something occurring earlier. 9. Decision A choice or judgment; helps to meet goals; the question that needs to be answered in the decision making process. 10. Decision making process The process of choosing between two or more alternatives or options; most logical way to make a decision. 11. Decision making style The typical manner in which a person makes a decision. 12. Delaying Decision Making The need for decision making is not recognized or, if recognized, it is put off for some future date. 13. Eldercare The care of older persons/parent, especially in the home and by a son or daughter. 14. Employee Benefits Indirect and non-cash compensation in addition to their normal wages or salaries paid to an employee. Some benefits are mandated by law (such as social security, unemployment compensation, and workers compensation), others vary from firm to firm or industry to industry (such as health insurance, life insurance, medical plan, paid vacation, pension, and gratuity). 15. Family Medical Leave Act Allows employees of government agencies and companies with more than fifty employees to take up to three months of unpaid leave during or after a pregnancy. 16. Flex time A system of working that allows an employee to choose, within limits, the hours for starting and leaving work each day. 17. Fringe Benefit An extra benefit supplementing an employee's salary, for example, a company car, subsidized meals, bonus, privilege, etc. 18. Impulsive Decision Making A choice is made without adequately finding alternatives or collecting information about the self and alternatives. 19. Job sharing To share the responsibilities and duties of a single full time job with one or more other employees. 20. Major decision Important decision that influences a person’s future such as a career decision. 21. Painful Decision Making A lot of time and energy are spent, but a choice is not made. 22. Planful Decision Making A step-by-step process is used to identify alternatives and to choose one. 23. Pre-requisite skill acquisition (pre-requisite = predecessor course) the necessity to master a basic skill prior to a higher level skill, hierarchical learning, scaffolding. i.e. – walk before run, add before subtract or multiply, etc. 24. Routine A series of activities performed regularly. 25. Stability The state or quality of being stable 26. Stereotype An oversimplified and distorted belief about a person or group. 27. Telecommuting Working at home by using a computer terminal electronically linked to one’s place of employment.