Decision Making 

Decision Making is putting the information you have acquired about yourself and the careers/majors you are interested in and making decisions on which one you will pursue.  This page provides some guidelines for making important career decisions.  
Information is power. The more information you have the easier it is to make a decision. Oftentimes an inability to choose one career path over another is an indication that you do not have sufficient information. The trick is to figure out what information you are lacking and then gather and analyze that information. 
Have you.....


  • Identified the pros and cons of each alternative?
  • Identified the values and needs that are satisfied by each?
  • Identified the risks involved with each alternative?
  • Projected the probable future consequences of selecting this major/career?
  • Conducted an informational interview?
  • Identified what is important to you?
  • Identified your skills?
  • Discovered what interests you the most?

Based on the information you now have, which option is the best one for you? Once you have made your decision, you must now design a Course of Action to plan how you will achieve your goal. Things you should be asking yourself....

  • What steps should I now take?
  • When should I begin and end each step?
  • What information or resources should I use?
  • What are some possible obstacles to this decision?
  • How do I overcome potential obstacles?
  • Should I reevaluate and/or change my decision?

Barriers to Decision Making

Some decisions are never easy. If you seem to hit a brick wall everytime you try to make a firm career decision, it could be due to the following factors:

  • Procrastination
  • Fear/Anxiety
  • Stress/Pressure
  • Low GPA
  • Competitiveness
  • College Life
  • Lack of Information

If one of these areas seems to be your "barrier" talk with a career counselor.




7-Step Decision Making Model