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Choose Your Career Path
While choosing a major/career can be difficult, the more effort you put into the decision making process, the more easily you will be able to trust that you are making an informed decision that you will be comfortable with. Follow the decision making steps below:
1. Define Situation
What is your goal? Example: "I want to determine my career goal."
2. Gather Facts
Gather accurate data about careers/majors to inform your decision.
- There are numerous career paths within any given career field. For example, an accountant can work in a large accounting firm, have his/her own business, or be the only accountant in an industry completely different from the accounting field.
- While some majors relate directly to a specific career and the training, licensure, or certification required for the profession, most majors prepare you for a variety of career paths. Discover the facts about careers in:
- Work within your decision-making style as you conduct research. Your style can be determined by how you make decisions (spontaneously or systematically), and where (internally or externally). Gain insight into your style by completing:
3. EVALUATE OPTIONS
List the pros and cons of each option. Keep in mind that no career can possibly meet all of your needs. You will want to do some prioritizing to select the career that meets your most important needs, or allows you the flexibility to fulfill your desires outside of the workplace. Get help weighing options with the:
4. MAKE DECISION
Consult with career experts for guidance and support.
5. TAKE ACTION
Promptly take action to implement your decision. Steps might include declaring a major, joining a student organization, or investigating internship options.
Remember that decision-making involves some risk and you cannot know all the possible results of a decision. Remember it is OK to change your mind.