What kind of a decision maker are you? Are you a careful planner who weighs out the pros and cons of your options – or are you a spontaneous decision-maker who decides quickly, depending on feelings and intuition?
Decisions of different magnitudes require more or less research and planning. Choosing your career path is one of life’s most important decisions. While not all of your interests can be satisfied by your career, you will spend a great deal of time at work, and most university students want interesting careers. Taking time to make careful career decisions gives you a feeling of control over this important part of your life.
There are probably several occupations which would be good choices for you. Studies show that people are making 3 to 5 major career changes in their lifetime. It is even predicted that people will make at least 5 to 7 major career changes in the near future.
Because you have decided to read this section on our webpage, you are probably already thinking about planning your career. Ask yourself - at what point are you at right now? Are you excited, indifferent, scared or confused about your future? Depending on your interests and personality and your family’s expectations, you may feel some pressure to make a career decision. Or perhaps the time is coming to decide about your major/ minor – or to graduate. At these points, “not deciding” has consequences.
Don’t despair. If you are not sure, you are in the majority; most undergraduates change their mind about majors/minors twice before they graduate. Also, many graduate students are still uncertain about their career paths.
Career decisions need to begin with you - your interests, skills, personality, and values. There are many factors to consider - your marks, the number of years you want to be in school, culture, religious beliefs, financial situation, and family expectations etc. Talk to family and friends, and meet with professionals in fields of interest. If you need help with this, Career Counsellors are here to help you.
The following are the generally accepted steps in Career Decision-Making. The steps combine a rational, logical method and a subjective, intuitive method. Career decisions, like most major decisions are best made by using both “head and heart”.
“Begin with the end in mind."
Stephen R. Covey, in “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”