Our daily lives are the cumulative effect of hundreds of small decisions we make constantly. These decisions encompass everything from what you chose to wear today, what you’re eating for your next meal, and what you’ll watch on Netflix tonight. Generally speaking, decisions like this come fairly easily, and we rarely agonize over the small choices we constantly make throughout our daily lives.
Big and high-risk decisions, like choosing a new job and career path, however, can sometimes be very difficult to make. That’s to be expected: making career decisions is an emotional process with potentially significant financial considerations to take into account, as well as your desire to do what is best for you personally and professionally.
Complex decisions, like choosing a new job or career direction, often have several shared traits: There may be many evaluation criteria (with some of them conflicting), the risks and outcomes are hard to predict, and data is unavailable or incomplete.
While there is no one “right” way to make a big decision, thankfully there are proven decision-making strategies and frameworks you can use, either individually or, more likely, in conjunction with each other.
Here are 10 strategies you can use to help you choose the best new job / career path for you: