Once you narrow your alternatives down
to those that seem best, weigh the pros and cons of each.
There are four types of consequences to consider. For
each job, create a "Decision Balance Sheet" and write
is important to think of all of the possible consequences,
negative or positive. First,
before you start making your own Decision Balance Sheets,
click and read Career
Choice Consequences.This will help you
identify the pros and cons for each occupation you
- The gains and losses to your self.
- The gains and losses to significant
others (e.g., parents, wife (or husband), other family
members, close friends, or groups you value: social,
political or religious).
- Whether you would approve or disapprove
of yourself, if you chose this job or college major.
- Whether important people (see #2 above)
in your life would approve or disapprove of your choice.
you have done that, return here ("Consequences")
at a sample Decision Balance Sheet for someone who
was thinking of joining the Peace Corps.
you are ready to download
a blank Decision Balance Sheet. Open
it and print a copy for each of the occupations or
options you are considering.