No matter what decision you are making, the best decisions are made when you are well informed of the options available and, secondly, when the decision feels right. This is also true for career decisions.
It’s easy enough to become informed about the options available by doing a little exploring, but it is often more difficult to act on what feels right. This is because most people are not confident about acting on their feelings.
Think about any two people making a choice about their career. Both may be in similar situations and their career research may reveal that both have equal opportunities available to them. Reason would suggest that both should make the same decision. But, they are different people - they feel differently about the world. The decisions they make must take their personal characteristics into consideration if they are to get to a place where the decision feels right.
Knowing how you feel and what you care about matters a lot when it comes to career decisions. This is why the first step in choosing a career direction is having a good understanding of who you are.
Visit our section on Choosing a Career for lots of useful information on Knowing Yourself, Doing the Research and Exploring Your Options.