Monique Williams Thomas
August 12, 2014
Making decisions especially life changing ones are never easy. No matter how many times you go over your options in your head, you're bound to lose a little sleep over the decisions. Life changing decisions can cause some serious stress for you especially when you don’t have a lot of time to make that decision.
Recently, I made the decision to return to college and obtain my degree. I used a lot of the stages of decision making that I learned in Chapter three of the textbook. Stages of decision making are "identify and diagnose the problem, generate alternative solutions, evaluate alternatives, make a choice, implement the decision, and evaluate the decision" (Bateman & Snell, 2013, p 89-90). I had to sit down and write down all the steps necessary to start this plan, execute the plan and the final results or desired results I wanted to achieve. I also had to identify all the scenarios and what could go wrong and how I was going to handle those issues if they arose during this step in my professional development. I researched online schools and universities, to find one to fit my schedule, my funding, my location and what I would get from the school or university if I decided to attend. I had a conversation with my family and my employer, and I needed the support in this decision, I needed my family to help with my child and his transportation for school and activities and I needed my employer to be flexible with my schedule. All these items had to be reviewed, discussed, and streamlined to what my desired results are and to start achieving them.
For myself, it took me 20 years to finally get a plan of action, research that plan and make an excellent prepared decision to return to college and achieve my educational and career goals. I used a lot of the stages of decision making that I learned in Chapter three of the