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Decision Making Model

Donald Duck

University of Phoenix

Critical Thinking: Strategies in Decision Making


Daffy Duck, MS, CIRM, CCP

July 10. 2006

Decision Making Model

Decisions basically boil down to choosing what is in the best interest of all parties involved. From the time a person is born until the time they die they will have to make many decisions. Regardless of one's age decisions are made on a daily basis. In order for one to make sound decisions in life it is important as well as necessary to gather enough information to evaluate one's options or choices. In decision-making one can build confidence from having made successful decisions in the past. Support and influence from family and friends can have a major impact on decisions one will make throughout his/her lifetime.

According to Wikipedia decision-making is the cognitive process leading to the selection a course of action among alternatives. Every decision-making process produces a final choice called decision. It can be an action or an opinion. It begins when we need to do something but we do not know what. Therefore, decision-making is a reasoning process, which can be rational or irrational, and can be based on explicit assumptions or tacit assumptions.

Many people find decision-making difficult because they believe they will have to sacrifice many appealing options. Choosing a career is one of the biggest decisions one is faced with. For most young adults today unless they have a trade they must know what they want to do for a living before they enter college. Not only does a typical 18 year old have to know what college they should attend they also have to know what career path they will take. Before one decides what career path he/she wants to take they should gather enough information so that he/she will have a clear understanding of what they are trying to decide. A person should also get in tune with oneself, know what their strengths and weaknesses are, what they are interested in, and what kind of skills they have. By asking these questions one can identify with him/her self and know what they are looking for in a career.

For most young adults at the age of 18 figuring out what major he/she wants to take in college is a rhetorical question because as everyone knows the only thing on most 18 year old minds is how much money they can make when they graduate.

In New York City most Catholic High Schools have a College Career Day. A number of colleges get together in one school and offer the students a variety of options that he/she



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