Making good career decisions

Once you have completed the self reflection and research activities outlined on the Planning my career page, you will have the ingredients needed to make a good career decision.

Tick off your key criteria

Your best career choice is going to be the one that ticks off the majority of your key criteria in relation to your goals, values, interests, skills, knowledge, experience, work style, salary and location.

Not all criteria are equal

You must also evaluate the relative importance of each of your criteria. For example, if rapid career progression and a short commute are two of your key criteria and you are offered a job with great career prospects that is 2 hours from home, which is going to outweigh the other?

Be open to chance and unexpected opportunities

Sometimes the best career opportunities come from unexpected sources or chance encounters. Position yourself to take advantage of this during your career decision making process:

  • Talk to as many people as you can about your thoughts and plans, you never know what opportunities they may suggest or offer.
  • Be active in the market to increase your chances of 'being in the right place at the right time'. For example, volunteer in your field of interest, join relevant online discussion forums and attend events with your professional association.