Career Decision Making

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Career Decision Making Process

As with any important decision, it is best to take control (decisions are within your power) and follow a decision making process.

Step 1: Identify the goal or objective.

Selecting a Major or Career

Step 2: Determine your options/alternatives.

Career: Will you consider only careers directly affiliated with your major? Only careers with particular earning potential? Only careers that require no education beyond your major?

**This step needs you to identify your interests, skills, and values. The Self Assessment Guide provided and Focus will help you do this.

Step 3: Research. Explore. Gather information.

Career: What do people in that career field do? What is a logical career path? What skills and education do I need to enter this field? How many opportunities are there and where? Am I willing to live the lifestyle that goes with this career?

**Critically important to establish a clear understanding of the field. Start by researching in the Career Resource Library. Conduct Information Interviews (refer to the Networking handout) with alumni and others. Do an internship or spend a day on the job with someone in the field.

Step 4: Evaluate the pros and cons of making this choice.

Career: If I choose this career, am I likely to find a job? Am I willing to locate in the area where opportunities are plentiful? Can I live on the salary I will be offered or am I willing to make sacrifices to take the offer (get a roommate, buy a cheaper car, etc.)? Am I willing to learn the skills needed? Will this career be consistent with my values, interests and skills?

Step 5: Make an Action Plan.

Write the steps and a timetable that you need to accomplish to meet the goal. Make sure the steps are feasible given other commitments (current classes, campus activities, jobs, etc.)

http://www.muhlenberg.edu/ocdp/mules/cdmprocess.html
Career Decision Making Worksheet
Name: ____________________________________________________________

Step 1: Identify the goal or objective.
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Step 2: Determine your options/alternatives.
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Step 3: Research. Explore. Gather information.
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Step 4: Evaluate the pros and cons of making this choice.
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Step 5: Make an Action Plan.
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I will complete this process by: ____________________________________________ _______________________________________
Signature

** If at a future date you decide to change your mind, begin the process again using this experience as added information to consider when you do Steps 2, 3 and 4.

http://www.muhlenberg.edu/ocdp/mules/cdmworksheet.pdf

Model Decision Making Process

http://www.career.fsu.edu/student/current/choose%5Fa%5Fmajor/career%5Fdecision%5Fguide/

CAREER DECISION MAKING PROCESS
Step 1:  Self-Assessment
Self-assessment requires you to learn about who you are and what you really want out of life. This part of the process is very difficult for a lot of people, but it is an important part of making a career decision.  How can you decide upon a career if you do not have a firm understanding of  your priorities in life, your interests, your values and personality traits?  What types of activities do you enjoy?   What skills do you...
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