FIVE STEPS
Toward Choosing Your Career Goals

Here are 5 simple decision-making steps you can take that will help you on your way to a successful future.

IDENTIFY THE DECISON TO BE MADE
First you must be sure you have a clear understanding of what you are trying to decide:

  • Are you certain that you want to go straight to work after graduation?
  • Is graduate school an option for you?
  • Do you need to take a short break before going to work for the rest of my life?
This step just gets you thinking about other options, just in case you haven't thought about them. Beginning your career is an exciting yet intense step in life. It requires responsiblity and commitment.

KNOW YOURSELF
Before you begin exploring careers and trying to identify jobs and careers which will prove satisfying, you must first develop a true understanding of you--your skills, interests, values, and personality characteristics. Every individual is unique. Learning more about your personal style can help you understand where your special strengths are, and what kind of work you will enjoy. Your challenge is to choose a career path that suits you. Any vocational options that you consider must be weighed against how they fit with our personal needs and desires.

For this step ask yourself questions such as:
  • What do I do best?
  • What am I interested in doing?
  • What satisfactions do I seek in a career?
  • What personal qualities do I possess that will help me on the job?

BEGIN IDENTIFYING OPTIONS
You need to be aware of the potential array of careers, Seek out sources, such as this website, to help with identify these options.
Questions you might ask yourself at this point are:

  • What are my options?
  • Do I have a strong interest in other types of jobs or careers?
  • What other types of jobs or careers should I be considering?

GATHER INFORMATION AND DATA
You will want to consider each job in terms of how it fits you. You may want to list the consideration and compare the job options of each. Examine the resources you already have, identify what additional information and resources you will need, and seek out and utilize that information.

EVALUATE OPTIONS AND SELECT ONE
Write down on paper all your options you gathered in steps 1-3 and evaluate the pros and cons of each. Now weigh your alternatives in order to make a tentative career decision. Then develop short and long-term goals for your future.

remember to keep in mind that your decision is not necessarily final. If you get into a field that you are not satisifed with, you are not stuck in that field forever. No career decision is irreversable. It will, however, save a lot of time, money and stress to do careful research before deciding on a career.
If you feel you do not have enough information to choose one option over another, you may want to do more reseach.

Congratulations! I hope that this website has helped you with your career decision-making process. Good luck on your ROAD TO SUCCESS!