Once you have learned about yourself and researched your options, you are ready to narrow your choices.
Match your self-assessment data to your career research results. Consider which option fits best with your short and long-term goals. Review your values carefully, as these will influence your choices.
Keep in mind that you won’t be absolutely certain about an option until you try it out. Consider a job shadow experience where you have the opportunity to observe an employee in the workplace. Request to sit in on classes if you are considering a graduate program. Volunteer your time. Look for an externship or an internship to gain real world experience.
Everyone has different learning styles. Access resources on decision-making based on your preference: reading books, listening to podcasts, watching videos, doing research.
Check out the following books (available at Sheridan Libraries) to help you navigate this process:
Listen to podcasts featuring different perspectives on how to make decisions:
- Career Relaunch: Hear real stories from people who have made important life decisions.
- Hidden Brain: “You 2.0 – Dream Jobs”: Learn how people find meaning and purpose at work.
- RadioLab: “Choice”: Explore the conscious and unconscious factors that affect your decision-making.
Watch TEDTalks from the experts.
Equip yourself with tools you can use to make decisions.
- Career Mission Statement: Write a two sentence statement that summarizes your personal and professional goals.
- FastCompany: “Are you Deciding on Purpose?”: Read career expert Richard Leider’s “laws” for finding purpose in work and life.
- Psychology Today: “Make Good Decisions Faster”: Learn about the “Know-Think-Do” framework and how to apply it in your life.
- Mind Tools: Acquire over 50 skills to enhance your decision making.
Ask yourself the following questions: