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Weighing Career Risks

Self Assessment Results vs. Requirements | Weighing Risks | Feelings about Decisions | Impact

Every career decision involves some measure of risk taking. For some, the safest alternative is a career or job directly relating to your current skills and environments, doing things you are used to. You must carefully consider whether or not this is the best method of decision making. It could be that you can handle a lot more than you think.

Change can bring about not only a lot of challenges, but the potential for an exciting future! You could say that every one has a certain amount of "risk space" they are willing to endure for any given decision or situation. Consider how large your personal "risk space" is in this particular career decision.

To reduce risk, first try to determine how real the job choice is. For example, are you likely to accomplish the goal of becoming a physician right now? Is it possible that becoming a nurse or surgical assistant could be a good start in the right direction, at this point in your life? You also might not be concerned about a career choice right now, until you acquire the fundamental skill base required in computers, math, science and reading or writing? You are not alone if you need to brush up on some initial skills before you start on your goal.

Whatever risk you are weighing, decide what you really want to do and not what you think is expected, or required of you. Remember that your potential is possible with hard work and determination. You also have to decide what will bring you happiness and success.

If you are having trouble deciding on a career, job or major you are not alone, there are many reasons why you might be having trouble deciding:

  • Are you questioning whether or not you should change careers?

  • Are you are in a personal or employment crisis?

  • Do you feel you have insolvable career barriers?

  • Are you questioning your self-confidence?

Maybe you just want someone to talk to. Career counselors are available in our office and academic advisors are also helpful. We recommend that you seek out any information you need to help you make a decision. Some people opt to involve themselves in community volunteer work, job shadow or speak to professional people in the type of positions they are considering. Use whatever type of information is most helpful to your style of learning, thinking, communicating and decision making.

4-Step Career Planning Model

Self Assessment

Career Information

Integration and Decision-making

Planning and Action

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