January 24, 2005

My Decision

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/cll/skills/personalacaddevelopment/decisionmaking/

Aim of the Decision Making activity
  • To show how to analyse a decision by weighing up the pros and cons.

This Decision Making activity was devised by Warwick Skills

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Not so long ago I decided that I am not going to be too hasty about making a career decision. I did not want to follow the investment banking bandwagon which many of my undergraduate friends took into as I felt a hasty decision will result in an unstable future involving frequent career shifts. I decided to do CM5 Career management hoping that it will give me a road map of what I really want to do.

After some initial reflections I thought to myself, "what about a career in teaching?" I decided to use the force field analysis to weigh up how attractive this option could be. Quite amazingly I was able to get an initial perspective on my decision very quickly and I beleive the adding of numerical values into this speeded up the process to a great extent. The analysis recommended me to do take up a career in teaching although it was a very close call. I certainly thought I would have taken the decision anyway, but it would have been much slower had it not been for the force field analysis. The breaking down of pros and cons provided a useful framework to build my thinking and it provided me with some basis to support my decision. However, I am not too certain about the accuracy of the figures quite simply because I would have been slightly biased towards the favourable side since I was going to make the decision anyway. But the close result was more than what I expected and I do believe I made the correct call.

If i don't get into teaching I am more likely to get into a front end job in a commercial environment. I like to deal with humans rather than mind-blabbing numbers on a spreadsheet!!! That is my contingency plan if teaching doesn't work out!!

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