Career decision-making is often a complex and personal process that you will likely revisit many times throughout your life. Just like you decided which university to attend, what classes to take, and where to live, selecting a major and a career involves gathering information and evaluating important factors that may influence your decision.
Take Action: See a Counselor
Because decision making can often be challenging and difficult, consider scheduling an appointment with a Career Counselor for support and assistance.
Take Action: Decision Making Tools
Pros & Cons Model
Use the Career Center's Pros & Cons Table (PDF) to help you evaluate both the positive and potentially negative outcomes of your impending decision. This table will help you to gain a better understand of the results and impacts your potential decision may have on various facets of your life.
Analytical Decision-Making Worksheet
Use the Career Center's Decision-Making Worksheet (PDF) to help you evaluate which of your options may be the best for you based on your values. The worksheet takes you through an analytical approach to comparing up to three options. This is a PDF file that you can print out and use for any type of decision.
Imaginative, Visualization Exercise
If you are more of an intuitive decision-maker, you may prefer this imaginative exercise. Open or print a copy of the Visualization Exercise. You may want to have a friend or a Career Center counselor lead you through the visualization, or you may just want to read through the exercise and imagine on your own.