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CAREER EXPECTATIONS QUESTIONNAIRE
Completion Instructions
Your overall expectations for your future and what elements of work are most important to you can help you choose an appropriate career. Simply score the following statements from 1 to 4 alongside each preference. If you strongly disagree with a statement – score 1, and if you strongly agree score 4. Very Important Some Importance Slight importance No importance

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2 Control over how and when I work. 3 Being able to get a job done well through managing the efforts of others. 4 Enough leisure time to travel, relax and be myself.

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5 Being able to contribute new ideas which will help build the future. 6 A balance between work and other areas of my life. 7 Leading a team on key organisational projects. 8 Opening up new business directions through initiating new ideas. 9 Being part of an Organisation

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4 10 Being given challenges which stretch me intellectually. 11 Being able to show that I have more to offer than my colleagues. 12 Being able to identify closely with an organisation. 13 To be recognised for my expertise. 14 Being able to get the most out of people in order to achieve the set goal. 15 Taking the risk of getting a new business venture off the ground. 16 Being able to put work in its place as an important, but not the only part of my life. 17 To have the status that comes with being part of a successful company. 18 To be involved in assignments which will take the organisation forward. 19 To be able to see that I am doing better than those I am in competition with. 20 Knowing that I am respected for the specialist skills that I bring.

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21 Being able to work when and where I want so long as I can deliver results. 22 Knowing every year that I have further developed my expertise. 23 Being able to make decisions without being controlled by organisational bureaucracy. 24 The excitement of creating something new whose success depends on me.

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Adapted from an expectations questionnaire devised by Carole Pemberton from ‘Stike a New Career Deal’.

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Completion Instructions
Each of the 24 questions you have answered relates to one of the following 8 themes. There is a box for each question in which you need to enter the score you gave that question. Then add up all three scores against each theme and this gives you an overall total. The themes against which you have your highest ratings indicate the things that should be most important to you in your career and should therefore guide your career making decisions. Overleaf are some more detailed explanations about what each theme means. 1 1. Competition 2 2. Freedom 3 3. Management 4 4. Life Balance 9 5. Organisation Membership 13 6. Expertise 5 7. Learning 8 8. Entrepreneurship 15 24 10 18 20 22 12 17 6 16 7 14 21 23 11 19 Total

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Competition The idea of a career as a contest competing with others and with definite success indicators is important to you. You need to have recognition of your achievements – if not you will feel dissatisfied and frustrated. Freedom You expect to have considerable autonomy over your day to day work, in how you approach it and setting priorities. You expect to be evaluated on ultimate achievements rather than detailed methods. You would not take kindly to someone watching closely over...
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