Decision-Making Process

The first thing to understand is that decision-making is a process. This process involves a series of steps. Sometimes decision-making seems to happen automatically, and other times it may take a great deal of thinking before the decision can be reached. Either way, whether we realize it or not, there are always steps involved.

STEP 1 – ASSESS what you need to decide

  • My future Decision-Making Process

  • My career

  • My classes for next semester

  • Other things

STEP 2 – EXPLORE your options

  • What are my options?

  • Read about majors in your catalog.

  • Talk with your advisor.

  • Consider your interests.

  • Visit a Student Success Center and take a preference/skill inventory.

  • Talk to a current student, alumni or community member in the field. People who are directly involved in the major or field in which you are interested can be very helpful.

  • Talk with your professors.

  • Consider the pros and cons of each option. What do you like about each option and what are potential obstacles?

  • Consider the short and long-term challenges of each option.

  • Explore the requirements that must be met to be admitted into the major.

  • Determine the required curriculum for the major.

  • Determine if it is necessary to attend graduate school.


  • Narrow and prioritize your list of options based on the ones that are the most important to you.

  • If you are having difficulty choosing, bring your options to your Student Success Advisor and ask for help.


  • Create an action plan with a time frame for you to implement your decision.

  • Work with your Student Success Advisor to determine if your plan makes sense.

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