Decision Making Model Analysis Decisions are required in all that we think, do and say. In fact, it is impossible to go through a day without making a decision. Do I get out of bed today? Do I eat breakfast before leaving for work? What shall I eat for breakfast? These are simple examples, but we also face life-changing decisions as we go through life. We find ourselves asking such questions as, "Do I return to school?" "Do I want to have any children?" "What career path do I want to pursue?" Choosing a career path essentially boils down to a career-making process. Making this type of a decision requires relying on information available and systematically analyzing that information through critical thinking to come to a viable
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By taking time to properly define the issue, I then proceeded to the next step. The second step is to "Know Yourself" (Colorado College, 2005). I build upon this step every day. The more experiences I have in life, the more I learn about myself. I have taken many personality and competency tests in the past which have helped me understand who I am and how I work. As a young adult I really didn't know who I was. Now I have deeper insight into what drives and interests me. The model suggests taking an inventory of yourself in four major categories: skills, interests, values and personality (2005). I took this inventory by writing down answers to questions like:
What can I do best?
What are my strengths and weaknesses?
What am I interested in doing?
What personal qualities do I possess that will help me on the job?
These questions among others enabled me to define the parameters of my decision and served as a check to step one to make sure I had still properly defined my issue. After completing an inventory, Colorado College's model (2005) suggests to "Begin Identifying Options." The options I identified were to continue down the same path I was on of working entry-level jobs where I was underemployed but unable to advance due to a lack of formal education or to work an entry-level job and return to school, quit working altogether and pursue school, or find another type of job or career to pursue. Most