I wouldn’t make a cake without a recipe, would you? Would you build a house without a plan? Would you plan a trip without Google Maps? If your answer to these questions is a ‘yes’ then you can consider your self a risk taker. That’s not a bad thing by any means and risk takers are the go-getters of the world; the dare devils, the bungy jumpers. However, choosing what to study at University or Tafe is not the best time to take these types of risks. It’s costly both financially and emotionally. Jumping from an idea to a final conclusion means you are leaving out some vital ingredients. The process of decision making is just that – a process – not a leap of faith, not a ‘stick a pin’ in a map moment. Deciding what your future path will be takes thought and self examination. Similarly then, it’s not always about academic achievement and financial remuneration. Your values, characteristics, personality traits all contribute to the decision making process and are all instrumental in the sequence of events and actions that lead to a good study and career choice.