Career Development Center
Choosing a Major/Career - Career Counseling
Obstacles To Decision-making: Do you have one or more of these difficulties?
Lack of information or mis-information about the world or work
- How many career opportunities can you describe in detail?
- Do you have enough career information to make a choice. For example, work settings, required education/training, salary, promotion/advancement potential?
Too much information
- The internet and the endless number of career books can create an overwhelming feeling. Using a career counselor to make sense of these sources can create a starting point for researching occupational information.
- Geographic limitations
- Family responsibilities
- Physical, emotional, or academic disabilities
- Time constraints (feeling too busy taking classes and working to find time to explore careers)
- Becoming more aware of yourself will increase your ability to make a better decision.
- Becoming more aware of how your interests and values can be expressed in various occupations and work settings will help you to visualized yourself in these careers.
- Learning about unhealthy anxieties or external pressures related to career decision-making can formalize your awareness of their impact on your ability to choose. Sometimes, viewing your circumstances from different perspectives can change the significance of these issues.