UCL Careers


Decision Making

Your ability to look at choices and identify a decision by weighing up the positives and negatives of each option and considering all alternatives.

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Explore your understanding

Decision making is the process of looking at a problem, exploring the options, researching the outcomes and identifying a conclusion.

Employers are looking to understand more about your thought process and how you can apply this to everyday tasks.

Find and develop your skill

 How can you improve your decision making skills at UCL? 
There is a lot of support here to help you develop this skill!

  • Employer–led Skills Session:
    These sessions, delivered by employers, will help you to develop your skills in decision making by interacting with others through workshops and group work and discussion events at Mock Assessment Centres.  

    Visit myUCLCareers for upcoming events
  • Students' Union UCL:
    Be part of a club or society within the Students’ Union and further develop your decision making skills. Take on a role within a committee and contribute to the operations and decisions of the wider group. The Students Union also offer a variety of skills sessions such as ‘Taking the initiative’. 

  • Go Abroad:
    UCL Go Abroad programmes encompass an enriching selection of worldwide opportunities tailored to support UCL students to perform at their full potential and further develop their decision making skills. Attend an event to learn more about the global opportunities available both short term and longer term as part of your degree.

Postgraduate Researchers:

Prepare your examples

Do you have a project that you have worked on that had a lot of possible outcomes? How did you get to a final answer?

Think about a time where you have had to reach a conclusion as a group. Did you agree with the decision? How did you respond to final decision?

Want more support on how to structure your answers on decision making as part of an interview?
Visit our Interviews Skills page.

Here you can find out more about how to structure your answer and demonstrate your skills along with many more resources that will help you prepare.

If you have written a draft application for any type of opportunity, our team can provide personalised practical tips and advice to help you better understand how recruiters will shortlist your application, and how you can best demonstrate your motivation and your most relevant skills / experience.