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Decision making plays a major role in our lives. Ironically, we don’t always pay attention to the effects of making decisions; meaning we mostly live our lives by default.

There will always be a moment when we’re faced with different challenges with making big decisions. It could be in the form of choosing a specific course or sticking to the same job for the rest of our career, and these are some of the hardest choices to make considering that we spend the best part of the day at work.

Are you struggling to make your own big career decision? Here are some useful tips that will hopefully lead you to making the right choices.

Get clear on what you want.

In order to make a big career decision, you need to get clear on what you want and identify your why. To choose the right career, you must learn about yourself first. You have to learn about your values, interest, soft skills, also know the part you are good at and where you need to step up your game.

Gather information.

Once you’ve identify what you really want, the next step is to gather information about your traits, and subsequently generate a list of occupation that is fit based on your values and skills.

Ask question.

By asking questions, you’ll have a better way of understanding how your decision will impact your goals. Ask yourself questions like;

  • What will my career be like in the next three years?
  • How will this choice affect my long-term goal?
  • What kind of new skills or type of growth will this company give me?
  • What am I trading off?

After asking yourself this question then you can weigh your options further so as to get clear on what you truly want.

Keep a journal.

Instead of just going through the pros and cons in your head, write them out in list form. It’s not just a matter of clarifying important points and picking a side. Keeping the list will help you minimize regret, because if you start to second-guess yourself later on, you’ll have evidence for why you made the decision you did.

Stay calm.

Staying calm will help you lower your chances of making the wrong decision. That’s because the calmer you are, the less likely you are to make a hasty and emotional decision.

Always make sure your mind is relax and stress free and then think through your decision with a clear head and an open mind. Don’t rush, take a deep breath and think about the facts.

Talk to someone or find a mentor.

Share your thoughts with someone you trust. Seek advice from them and then weigh the two options you have. Talking through the scenarios with a level-headed individual will help alleviate any stress and get rid of any fear lingering in your head.

Note: Don’t decide in fear. Always take your time. Think about your career goals and decide which path will bring you closer to them.

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