The most significant personal decision making challenge I have experienced happened at the time of graduation from college. I had been given informal assurances of employment upon graduation from a few companies in Japan. However, I have long wanted to work at the financial capital of the world, Manhattan, to test my capability as a professional. I was urged to choose either taking an immediate opportunity or fulfilling my career ambitions in New York. I thought seriously about not only the immediate future but also the consequences to my life. I looked at each situation individually, weighed potential outcomes carefully, and arrived at a decision to strive for my dream.

Fortunately, I was able to find a contract-based employment at a bank in Manhattan and enjoying my life everyday, and this experience has given me self-confidence about the decision I made. Now, I view each task as a new challenge and turn it into an advantage for my personal development regardless of significance. At around the time of college graduation, I was being torn between employment in the financial capital of the world, Manhattan, and some tempting job offers near my friends, family, and heritage in Japan. This represented one of the most difficult decisions anyone ever has to make in life: instant gratification, or careful future planning.

I was forced to think seriously about my future, not only in the short-term, but in terms of the overall consequences to my life. I looked at each situation individually, weighed potential outcomes carefully, and arrived at the most logical decision I could to follow my dreams. Within little time, I was able to find contract-based employment at a bank in Manhattan and currently enjoy my life everyday. This experience has given me great self-confidence about the decision I made. Now, I view each task as a new challenge and as an opportunity to advance my personal development, regardless of tasks significance.