Difficulty In Making An Important Decision
Assignment: Describe a particular time in your life when you had difficulty
making an important decision.
During the course of our lifetimes we make many significant and difficult
choices that affect us. These choices affect our personal and professional
lives. Therefore, we make these choices with much thought and care. One of
the most difficult and important decisions I have made was changing careers.
Changing careers at this stage of my life, mid-life, was very difficult.
Preparation for my new career required me to resign my job. The former position
was providing a major portion of my family's income and most of the medical
benefits. Some means of earning a living while preparing for a new career was
foremost on my mind during this stage. If I spent to much time and energy
pursuing a job to provide a means for supporting my family while retraining, I
might not do a sufficient job of retraining for a new career. Another
difficulty equally as important as the the financial one was the possibility
of failing at a new endeavor or not being able to find a new job. These
possibilities made me feel uncomfortable and insecure. If I failed or could
not find a new position, what would my family think of me? Failing at a new
career would also cause me to lose confidence in myself. These concerns,
failure and financial, and not finding a new job made this decision very
The decision to choose a new career was an extremely important one. The sole
function of a career is not just to provide a means to make a living; it
should have a larger purpose. The work I was doing did little for others,
and in fact, served only a small, special interest group. In addition to
pursuing a meaningful career, a career should be satisfying, and make some
significant contributions to other people's lives. Therefore, I choose to
become a teacher. It is important to have a career that is satisfying, and
that would allow for helping others achieve their goals. Making the choice
to change careers was important but difficult. If through my new career, I
could contribute something positive to others; then I will have felt that I
made the right decision. Improvements can only come through change.