Community College of Rhode Island

Decision Making Form

When making a decision, it is important to take into account all the information that you have gathered on the topic and to identify your various options. By evaluating and comparing the benefits, obstacles and potential solutions of each career option, you increase the likelihood that your eventual decision is the one best suited for you for all the right reasons.

Through the process of weighing the pros and cons of your options, as well as, taking into account your values, interests, skills and what you’ve learned through research and exploration, you’ll arrive at a point of confidence with the decision that you make.

In the following exercise, clearly state (in S.M.A.R.T. terms) each career goal or option you’re considering. First, do this exercise separately for each option. Next compare the benefits, obstacles, solutions and the consequences or potential outcomes of each and determine which provides you with the ”best” future. This step-by-step process along with an intuitive sense of a “best fit” will lead you to a “right-on” decision

S.M.A.R.T. Goal is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and has a Timeline.

Please state your goal or decision in the table, and evaluate it to determine if it is a S.M.A.R.T. Goal.
State your goal or decision-making statement
(e.g., During the fall semester, I will decide which field in technology to pursue as career).
What benefits will you gain from achieving this goal?
Because benefits will provide you with the motivation and enthusiasm to pursue your goal, it’s important to identify and focus on those benefits.
What are possible obstacles to reaching your goals, and what solution do you have for each obstacle? Obstacles:


How will you monitor your results?
(e.g., weekly review of action plan)
When considering all of your options, which one provides you with the best outcome for your career future?
Is reaching this goal worth the time, effort and money? Yes
When finished, please print out this page and hold onto it.

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Last Updated: 1/20/12