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Helping Students Find Direction

Step 3: Career Decision

If you don’t know where you are going you will never get there

Decision making can be regarded as the cognitive process resulting in the selection of a course of action among several alternative possibilities. Decision making is the study of identifying and choosing alternatives based on the values and preferences of the decision maker. Making a decision implies that there are alternative choices to be considered, and in such a case we want not only to identify as many of these alternatives as possible but to choose the one that has the highest probability of success or effectiveness and best fits with our goals, desires, lifestyle, values, and so on.

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  • Narrow and focus your career options by connecting what you know about yourself to the world of work and making career goals

  • Consider the pros and cons of each of your options

  • Test your decision by taking relevant classes and gaining real life experience through a part time job or internship

  • Develop a plan of action based to gain the skills and knowledge you will need to make yourself competitive in the job market