CAREER DEVELOPMENT / FEB. 21, 2015
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How to Make Wise Decisions About Your Career Choices

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It’s always tough to make career choices! You will often find yourself in tough positions, being forced to make a decision about which of two or more options are the best for you. Every good professional is going to face a lot of tough choices in their careers.

So how can you make wise decisions for your career? Below are some tips to help you make the best possible choices:

Invest Time in the Choice

Don’t jump to decisions right away, but invest time into doing the research first. Spend a few minutes/hours/days researching as much as possible about the choice, compile everything you have learned, and then sit down and study the information. You need to have as much data as possible in order to make a wise, well-informed decision about your career.

Be Confident in your Abilities

The second you start to doubt yourself and your decisions, that’s when you stop making smart choices. Be confident in your decision-making skills, and know that you are making the right choice for your career. Have the confidence that you know right from wrong, and NEVER second-guess yourself!

Remove Emotions

You may "really want" something, but is it the right choice for you? To make a wise career decision, you’re going to have to remove all emotion and desire from the equation. Make a list of pros and cons, and include the "I want to" or "I don’t want to" in its proper column. List all of the things for the job and all the things against it, and make a wise decision using rational thinking.

Keep your Career Goals in Mind 

What are you working toward in the long run? You may be happy where you are now, but what is your ultimate career goal or goals? Instead of making a decision that benefits you today, it’s time to think long-term. Make the wise choices that will help you reach that goal down the line!

Sleep on It

There is a very real reason people say to ’sleep on it’. A study published in the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Journal determined that the brain is still working even while you sleep. The decision-making portions of the brain often continue mulling over the problem, and when you wake up, you have more clarity of thought and are farther along the road to a decision. If you have a big choice to make, ALWAYS sleep on it!

Don’t Flinch

Just because a decision could lead to drastic changes, that doesn’t mean you should avoid it. Many people "flinch" back from decisions that could shake up their status quo, but it’s those drastic decisions that often lead to the largest advancements in your career. Don’t hesitate or avoid a decision just because you’re afraid of the changes it will bring about!

Follow the tips above, and you’ll be much better able to make the smart decisions for your career!

Have you had problems making wise decisions about your career choices? How did you deal with the situation? Your thoughts and comments below please...

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