The 4 step Career Decision- Making Process
This is a very valuable exercise that could provide you with life long ramifications. It is very difficult for many of us to make an educated career choice, one that will insure maximum happiness potential throughout my life time. The destination is one thing. To decide on the best way to get there is another. You want to choose a successful career that you will enjoy, permit you to live where you want, and with a standard of living that you are comfortable with. How you get to your destination and how long it takes to get there can differ considerably depending on many things. Some you can control and others you can not. It is important to know just what your options are as to save you money and time, but you need to know the facts. Do not short change yourself with this exercise. Find out the facts and explore the possibilities. Do your homework. Why pay for 4 years of university, if you can do 2 years at college and transfer into university for the final 2 and to get your degree, but with a more diverse, hands on experience? What can you do with your investment of time and money if you should change your mind?? Whatever you do, support your findings with facts and statistics. Do not base your life on rumours and hearsay.
To best prepare you for that big decision you should follow these 4 steps:
Get to Know yourself
But before we get started on where we might like to go with your career, lets establish where we are by TAKING STOCK of how we see ourselves at this point in your life.
Write a brief intro to the 4 step process by:
1st- Stop and Reflect on your experiences, your talents, ....what you might like to do for a living and why.
Then- Write an introductory page describing where you are in life. If you are considering a career path, and explain why you are considering this line of work and why you feel you will be successful. You should at least try to choose a career cluster or two. If you have no idea on what you would like to be when you grow up, you can still elaborate on your skill, your interests and experience and where that might take you.
Remember- be honest, and note that just because your dad may have been a fine carpenter, does not mean you would make a good carpenter. However, perhaps because you help him a lot or enjoy making wood crafts,...that could be an indicator. You should also include such things like where you would like to live, what kind of wages, certification and job opportunities you believe are out there for you.
Your short essay (app 250 word/one page) or PowerPoint should likely flow like this:
Begin by identifying yourself and highlight your accomplishments, any special interests or skills you might have
Indicate what career aspirations you might have. Perhaps you have no idea what you could end up doing, and that is fine. Simply tell as it is.
Either way, describe what you have to offer the working world.
Finally, choose some line, or field of work, that are of interest to you and/or work that you think you could see yourself being successful and happy. Most importantly, answer the question "why".