Don't rush into making a decision

"You probably spend more time planning your holiday than your career" according to Peter Hawkins in The Art of Building Windmills.

We all make hundreds of decisions every day - most of which are trivial.

Career decisions are different because they can have a lasting impact on your life.  You will end up spending more waking hours at work than you will doing anything else so it makes sense to do your research before making a decision.  

Your research should include gathering information about yourself, careers and the job market.  Then you need to evaluate the information, make a decision and draw up a plan of action covering short and long term goals.

What if I make a mistake?

If you give serious consideration to your career choice you will be unlikely to make a mistake.  Remember that it's always possible to change career at a later date - so don't let fear of making the wrong decision prevent you from making a decision at all.

If you're finding it hard to make a decision, ask the opinion of those who know you well, or speak to a careers adviser.