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Identify Your Work Values

What do you value in your work? When you know, it's easier to set goals and identify opportunities. 

To find out what matters to you, try working through the exercise below.

What are work values?

Work values are the work-related qualities, principles and standards that really matter to you. Knowing your work values can help you plan a career, look for opportunities in your current work, or make a career change.

See if you can identify your work values. It will help you clarify your goals and work opportunities and move in a more rewarding direction.

What are your work values?

Complete this exercise to find out how important each of these common work-related values is to you. For each value, write down whether it is:

VI – Very Important
I – Important
NI – Not Important

In my career, I am looking for:

___Balance: having the opportunity to focus on both my work and life roles
___Recognition as an expert: being known as someone who has special knowledge or skills in a particular field
___Belonging: being a part of a recognized group
___Challenges: doing things that expand my skills, knowledge or creativity
___Competition: pitting my skills and abilities against others in order to succeed
___Contact with other people: having daily contact with the public or co-workers
___Creativity: thinking up new ideas or ways of doing things
___Decision-making rights: being in a position to decide how things should be done
___Flexibility: being free to schedule my own work or to work in a variety of settings, such as working from home
___Chances to help others: helping people, either one-on-one or in groups
___Chances to help society: doing something that is worthwhile or of benefit to society as a whole
___Independence: working with minimum direction and contact with others
___Innovation: using or developing leading-edge technology or approaches
___Intensity: doing work that is fast-paced or has a high degree of excitement or pressure
___Lack of pressure: working in a job where the atmosphere, attitude and workload are relaxed
___Learning opportunities: having support for formal and informal learning
___Money: earning a specific amount or having the potential to achieve it
___Power: having the authority to direct and influence others
___Precision work: doing work that requires exactness and accuracy
___Predictability: having work responsibilities that follow a clear, stable and unchanging routine
___Promotion: having chances for advancement or increased responsibilities and recognition
___Respect: having employers, supervisors, co-workers and clients show respect for me and my work
___Satisfaction: working in a job that supports my self-respect and sense of pride
___Security: being assured of a job at a reasonable rate of pay
___Status: having a higher standing or rank relative to others
___Teamwork: interacting with, supporting and depending on others to meet goals and complete tasks
___Variety: having work responsibilities that change often

___Other: ____________________________________________________________

___Other: ____________________________________________________________

___Other: ____________________________________________________________

What are your results?

Which values did you identify as Very Important? If your work could reflect just one of those values, what would you choose? Put a number 1 in front of your choice. Then put a number 2 beside your second most important value, a number 3 beside your third choice, and so on.

Based on your rankings, try to identify the values what you would look for in future opportunities.

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