Make Wise Decisions
Part 3: Decide
Make a decision and set goals
After completing your research, you are ready for some decision-making and goal setting tasks. These will help you decide which career field or types of jobs you are going to seekor which options you will choose as your next step. Then you can set some goals.
Questions to ask yourself:
- What will be the focus of your job search?
- How will you describe your plans to prospective employers?
- What steps will you take to reach your goals?
Tasks to complete:
- Narrow your focus by integrating the self assessment and research information you have gathered.
- Understand your decision-making style.
- Set some specific and realistic goals for yourself.
- Create a realistic timeline for your goals.
- Begin to "own" your focus/decision by talking about it.
Mavis makes her decision.
In the weeks ahead, you may find yourself using any or all of the decision-making strategies described below:
- ConfusedThis decision-making strategy is characterized by mental paralysis and confusion. You may feel powerless and unable to deal with the decision at all.
- DependentIf you use this strategy, you generally prefer to leave the choice to others. This strategy may be used out of fear to avoid the work of exploring other options.
- IntuitiveIntuitive decisions are "gut level" reactions with little supporting factual data.
- DeliberatePeople using this strategy explore both their needs and their environments and weigh possible alternatives. This strategy combines four approachesgathering information, comparing alternatives, checking out personal feelings and seeking the opinions of others.