A major life decision should not be made lightly, whether it’s a decision about what to study, whether to switch careers, or to start a business. It requires reflection, introspection and planning. Before you make your big decision, it might be worthwhile to sit down and give it some serious thought. Here are a few questions to help get you started:


1. Is it the right decision for you?

In a life full of options, make sure that you make the right decision for you. When it comes to making major life decisions, you should be true to yourself. It should fit with your personal vision for your future, and not anyone else’s expectation of you. Think about your decision in the context of your long-term goals and passions. Ask yourself if this decision will help you become the person you want to be.


2. How will you go about it?

It takes some planning and preparation to put a major life decision into action. So try and be proactive and responsible about how you plan and implement yours. For example, if you want to change your career but already have a job, you could consider distance learning as a viable way to start preparing for your new professional path.


3. When should you do it?

When will you start making the necessary changes that come with your big life decision? You don’t want to rush it, but you also shouldn’t postpone for too long. Give yourself a time frame to work with. Major life changes often take time and effort, so it helps to set dates to keep yourself focused and motivated.


4. What will change?

Whether your end goal is broad and long-term or short-term and specific, it helps to have a decent idea of what will change so that you can adapt. This requires you to know what you will be doing differently and what your new life will look like.

Think through any big changes, sacrifices and hurdles that may come with your decision. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go for it, but it will help you weigh up your priorities before making a big decision.


5. Why?

This is possibly the most important question. You need to know why you’re doing it. What’s motivating this decision: Are you unhappy where you are or doing what you’re doing? Do you have bigger ambitions for yourself? Whatever’s driving you to make this major life decision, it’s important to be aware of it: freedom, purpose, money, career, passion, etc. This will become something to cling onto when times get tough.  >


Big life decisions always come with some risk. While it’s important to be cautious, it’s also invaluable to give yourself a chance and to take a leap of faith.

If you are considering making a major life decision such as switching careers or starting one, it’s always a good idea to upskill yourself. A convenient way to do this is through studying a distance learning course.