Examining Work Values

How much do you know about your values and the way they might influence your career and job choices? In this context, the work "value" refers to how you feel about the work itself and the contribution it makes to society.  Most people who pursue work that is congruent with their values feel satisfied and successful in their careers.

The following is a list of values that many people have identified as being important to them in their careers. To begin exploring your own values, rate the degree of importance of each of the following values.

  1. 1 = Not important at all
  2. 2 = Somewhat important
  3. 3 = Reasonably important
  4. 4 = Very important


Now list the values you rated with a 4, Very Important:


Note the values you rated with a 3, Reasonably Important:


Do you see any patterns?


Take a look at the values you ranked with a 4.  Where did these values come from?  Are they important to you, or are they really more important to others (like friends, parents, etc.)?


For more assistance in identifying your work values contact Career Services to set an appointment with one of our career coaches.