Decision Making

Decisions, Decisions

Every day, we are faced with numerous decisions about what to wear, our plan for the day and other decisions that could have the greatest impact on our lives. Due to their importance, it is necessary that we truly understand how we make our decisions to maximize our benefit.

For many people, the most important decisions they will have to make is what they want to do with their lives in the world of work. On their adventures in career decision making, they are presented with different paths to consider. The lifelong process of making career decisions is all about exploring and experiencing the world of work. It is also about understanding our abilities, interests, skills, and values and combining these to create a meaningful framework for life. We will have many opportunities to discover and rediscover careers that match your changing lifestyle whether through our random, daily experiences or planned activities like internships and volunteer work. It is important that we active participants in this decision-making process.

Career decision-making begins with you, your awareness of the world around you, and your ability to understand what is important to you.

The following checklist may help you begin:

  • Learn about yourself: interests, abilities, skills, and values
  • Observe individuals in the workplace
  • Talk with family and friends about their work experiences
  • Collect information about specific careers and companies you might be interested in
  • Experience different careers through volunteer or part-time work, or school internship, co-op, and apprenticeship programs
  • Consider your personal short-term and long-term goals

“A good life is the fruit of a succession of good decisions, especially about love and work.” 

-          Alain de Botton