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Career decision making steps

  1. 1. YOUR EDU GUIDE™Smile Education ConsultancyLeading Career Advisor & Education Consultant in Eastern India437 New Santoshpur Main Road E™JadavpurKolkata – 700075 (W.B) IDPhone: 033- 40628147Fax: 033-24166974 UMobile: 9831263838 / 9836112944Help Line: 9903033033 GWEBSITE: www.youreduguide.com U EDEMAIL: help@youreduguide.comCareer decision making is a dynamic and ongoing process where your knowledge of self, your values, Rinterests, temperament, financial needs, physical work requirements or limitations, etc., the effects of past Uexperiences, new information, and changes in your life situation and environment all intertwine. YOIt requires constant review of decisions already made and consideration of decisions yet to be made.Good career decision making requires you to engage in a process that requires you to:1. Examine and recognize personal values2. Identify, gather, and use relevant information.3. Understand and use an effective strategy for converting information into action.Each career decision is limited by what you are capable of now or in the future, by your ability to identifyalternatives, and by what you are willing to do.
  2. 2. Skillful career decision making requires you to be focused, flexible and open to new learning.The following guidelines and questions to keep in mind to help you with decision making:1. Define the problem. State the real problem, not the surface problem. State the problem in specific terms, asa question.2. State the goal clearly. What outcome do you want from this decision? E™3. List the initial alternative solutions. Which are the safe ones? Which require risk? What are the outcomesof each solution? ID4. Collect information and expand the list of alternatives. What kind of information do need? Where can you Uobtain it? Is it relevant to the problem? list additional solutions or options. G5. Compare several alternatives with what you know about yourself, your values, your commitments to others, Uyour resources, and your constraints. ED6. Take action on your choice. How can you implement your choice? What action can you take now? Whataction can you take later? R U7. Review your choice periodically. YO8. Take a new decision based on new situations.SUMMARY OF CAREER DECISION MAKING STEPS • Define the problem • State the goal clearly • List the initial alternative solutions • Collect information and expand the list of alternatives • Compare several alternatives
  3. 3. • Choose one alternative • Take action on your choice • Review • Make a new decision E™Probably the most beneficial outcome of learning effective career decision making skills is that it gives you afeeling of control over what you can do. IDCareful planning decision making will help you make informed, responsible, and wise choices that will lead Uto greater career satisfaction. GSUMMARY OF A GOOD CAREER DECISION MAKER U ED 1. EXAMINES PERSONAL VALUES 2. GATHERS AND USES INFORMATION 3. CONVERTS INFORMATION INTO ACTION R UOnce you have made a career decision and a choice of an occupation, then develop an Action Plan. YOAn action plan begins with the identification of short-term and long-term goals. Before you set short-termand long-term career goals, you should have taken informal or formal assessments.Using the results from these assessments, as well as labor market information, identify careers that willmatch your abilities, interests, values, personality, development stage, financial needs, transportation andfamily needs.An effective career decision plan broadens your horizons and makes the achievement of your dreams farmore likely. An effective career plan requires you to set both long-term and short-term goals and they areequally important.
  4. 4. Long-term goals give you a more clear idea of the things to accomplish in the long run as they are usually bigand central to your life. The steps taken to reach long-term goals are short-term goals.Short term goals are achievable within a relatively short period of time (six months to a year). Short-termgoals may also be accomplished daily or attained within a month. E™For example, your short term goal may be taking a minimum wage job while simultaneously pursuing post- IDsecondary education in preparation for a career, or your short-term goal might be taking several part-time Ujobs until you find a stable full-time job. GA long term goal takes much more time to reach. For example, if your long-term goal is to become a doctor, Uthen you need to set aside eight years out of your life to pursue a medical career. ED R U YO

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