Decision Making and Action Steps

Choosing a Major and Career Path

Students make decisions every day. Choosing a major and/or a career field essentially involves the decision-making process. The effectiveness of choosing a major and career field can be greatly influenced by the information available to you at the point of decision-making and the effectiveness of your decision-making relies on accurate and up-to-date information. Give due time to gathering information about yourself, college majors, and the world of work as you go through the process of choosing a major and/or career field.

Relating Education to Work and Career

Read the story of Juan and Sasha and how they learned to relate their education to work and career.

Decision-making Chart

This chart outlines the major steps in the decision-making process. This chart outlines a fairly linear process. There are additional strategies students may use to help them make decisions about majors and career fields. This chart outlines one suggested way students can use to get started.

Decision-making Handout

This handout provides the reader with a more detailed outline of the decision-making process.

Career Path Decision-making Matrix

This handout provides students with a chart to compare and contrast three majors/minors. We recommend that students meet with an Academic Advisor in each department they are considering as well as a career counselor in the Career Center when making a decision about a major.

Major Decision-making Matrix

This handout provides students with a chart to compare and contrast three occupations/career fields. We recommend that students meet with a career counselor in the Career Center to assist with gathering and processing the information.

Action Steps Decision-making Matrix

This handout provides students with a chart to identify the action-steps needed to accomplish their education and/or career goals. We recommend that students meet with an academic advisor in their academic department and a career counselor in the Career Center to complete this form.