When you were little, you likely went through a lot of different phases of what you wanted to be when you grew up. For me, I wanted to be a veterinarian or an astronaut, which eventually turned into a meteorologist or a teacher. Needless to say, I went through plenty of career phases and am now doing something completely different.Beginning when we are kids and throughout our careers, however, we are taught that we should have a plan figured out. We should know what we want to be so that we can get the proper education and training and can participate in meaningful and related experiences. And if we don’t know what we want to do, we are placed in the supposedly dreaded “undecided” category. This line of thinking, however, discourages indecision and writes it off as something to be overcome. But is making a decision sooner better? Not necessarily. In fact, indecision itself can be a powerful career toward to push your professional development further. Here’s why.
No career path is a straight and flat road. It’s a road of many bumps, turns, and obstacles, and the only way to navigate it is to make a few tough decisions along the way. Which way should you turn? How should you overcome the next obstacle? Are you going in the right direction?
You make countless decisions every day, but career decisions are of a different kind. They may cause stress and anxiety or even keep you up at night. It can take a lot of questioning and advice-seeking to find the right answer. And sometimes, you don’t know the answer, so you close your eyes and take a leap of faith.
When you are faced with a tough career decision, there are often too many unknown variables to determine a single “right” answer. But you still want to make the best decision for yourself and your career. So, the next time that you must make a tough career choice, try these tools to help in your decision process.