Your values are those aspects of work which you believe to be the most important and often the most rewarding. Therefore, looking at your values will help you identify those job characteristics that are most important to you. For example, do you prefer to work alone or on a team? Do you want to earn a great deal of money? Is helping others of primary importance for you? These are just some of the questions you will need to ask yourself. You will most likely find your career genuinely rewarding if it is consistent with your work-related values. VALUES EXERCISE
The following exercise is designed to help you identify some of your most important work-related values. Of the following factors that give people satisfaction on the job, rate their importance to you on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the most important and 10 being the least important.
Factors: diversity in workplace, work alone, money, social status, variety, leisure time, job security, low stress, job advancement, work for social change, creativity, health, benefits, supportive co-workers, travel, professional prestige. •What are your top five job-related values?
•Which of these would you be willing to do without?
•What does this tell you about the kind of work you want to do? •What about your fantasy job...Try to dream a little about an ideal occupation. The sky is the limit. – What would you be doing?
– Where would you be working?
– What do you like most about this job?
•Now back to reality for a moment. What aspects of this fantasy job may actually be possible? SKILLS EXERCISE
You can often discover what your skills are by looking at the experiences that have given you the most satisfaction and greatest feeling of accomplishment. Think back on the accomplishments in your life so far. These successes may have occurred through a variety of experiences, do not restrict your self to job-related accomplishments. Reflect on these experiences...