Career Decision-Making Project
Carefully read, analyze, and reflect upon the questions in the following Seven-Step Decision-Making
Model. Create a composition about your career decision-making process, in MLA Style. Write the
composition in first-person point of view. Organize your composition in the following order:
(1) paragraph one: the introduction; (2) paragraphs 2-8: the body (one paragraph for each of the seven
steps of the decision-making model); and (3) paragraph 9: the conclusion.
Seven-Step Decision-Making Model
Choosing a career path or course of action essentially boils down to a career decision-making process.
The effectiveness of your career decision-making relies heavily on the information available to you at the
decision-making point. Information is power. The more information you have the easier it is to make a
decision. Oftentimes an inability to choose one career path over another is an indication that you do not
have sufficient information. The trick is to figure out what information you are lacking and then gather
and analyze that information. Whether choosing a career path or deciding what to do about a job offer,
the following 7-step Career Decision-Making Model will help give you structure while processing and
identifying the necessary information.
STEP ONE: IDENTIFY THE DECISION TO BE MADE
Before you begin gathering information, it is important that you have a clear understanding of what it
is you are trying to decide. Some decisions you might be facing could include:
1. What are my goals and plans for middle school?
2. What are my goals and plans for high school?
3. Exactly what year will I graduate from high school?
4. What do I want to do after high school graduation?
5. What are my goals and plans for college?
6. Should I go to grad school?
7. Should I get a job?
8. What kind of job do I want?
9. Should I travel and see the world?
10. Should I move back in with Mom and/or Dad?
STEP TWO: KNOW YOURSELF (Self-Assessment)
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. Questions you may want to ask yourself are:
11. What can I do best?
12. What are my strengths and weaknesses?
13. What are my most prominent skills and abilities?
14. What skills do I want to use on the job?
15. What skills do I need to acquire?
16. What am I interested in doing?
17. What activities have I enjoyed the most?
18. What kinds of people would I like to work with?
19. What kind of job settings would I enjoy?
20. What satisfactions do I seek in a career?
21. In what ways must I be challenged and rewarded on the job?
22. In what type of work environments would I be happy?
23. What personal qualities do I possess that will help me on the job?
24. How will my personal style influence my career choice?
25. How will I get along with my supervisor? Co-workers?
STEP THREE: BEGIN IDENTIFYING OPTIONS (Career Exploration)
To continue gathering information and researching careers, you will need to start identifying your
options. Questions you might ask yourself at this point are:
26. At this point in time, what are my options?
27. Do I have a strong interest in other types of jobs or careers?
28. What other types of jobs or careers should I be considering?
STEP FOUR: GATHER INFORMATION AND DATA
If you have completed the first three steps you should have a list of careers and jobs which you plan to
explore and research in more depth. You will now:
29. Examine the information and resources you already have
30. Identify what additional information and resources you will need
31. Seek out and utilize new information
STEP FIVE: EVALUATE OPTIONS THAT WILL SOLVE THE PROBLEM
If you have completed your career research, you are now ready to evaluate each of the options you
32. Identify the pros and cons of each alternative.
33. Identify the values and needs that are satisfied by each.
34. Identify the risks involved with each alternative.
35. Project the probable future consequences of selecting each.
STEP SIX: SELECT ONE OF THE OPTIONS
Based on the information you have gathered and analyzed, you should now be able to choose one of
36. Do you have enough information to choose one option over another? If not, you might need to do
STEP SEVEN: DESIGN A COURSE OF ACTION TO IMPLEMENT THE DECISION
Having chosen one of the options, you can now begin developing and implementing a plan of action.
37. What information or resources are needed to complete each step?
38. What are the obstacles to implementing my decision and how can I overcome them?
39. Identify steps to implement the decision.
40. Identify when to begin and end each step.
41. Identify the information or resources needed to complete each step.