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Deciding on a Direction

In Self-Assessment, you identified your Values, Interests, Personality and Skills, which allowed you to narrow your focus to choose a few career options to research in Research and Resources.

Everyone makes decisions in their own way so there is no one correct method to follow, though the following guidelines may assist you in making a well-informed decision.

If you need more information regarding a career or pathway, please visit Research and Resources or make an appointment with a Career Services staff member.

Making a Decision

You may choose to use the following step-by-step process to help you arrive at a career choice.

  • Look at all your choices.
  • Evaluate the consequences of each choice; weigh the pros and cons.
  • Do you have all the information needed to make a decision? What additional resources do you need?
  • Consider any obstacles and plan for how you will handle them.
  • Make a detailed plan of how to carry out your direction.

By gathering information, evaluating several career options and working your decision through a step-by-step process, you will arrive at the point where you can declare a career and major with confidence. Once you've decided on a "best fit" career path, Career Services can help you develop a career plan of specific steps and strategies to lead you to your career goal.

As an added note, remember no decision is set in stone. Changes, new information, and circumstances may cause you to reconsider your decision. Just be prepared to use the same decision-making process with your new career direction.