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Identify Your Values

Values Exercise Instructions


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Read through the values and rate each item from 0 to 4 depending on how important it is to you

4 = Extremely important (I wouldnt ever consider working in a job that didnt accommodate this value)
3 = Important (I would really like my job to accommodate this value. However, I would consider a job that didnt
allow it)
2 = Neutral (I am indifferent to this value)
1 = Not important (I do not require this value to be upheld in my job)
0 = Extremely unimportant (This value has no relevance to me what so ever)
2.

3.

To ensure that your Values have meaning re-evaluate your Values so that no more than
10 remain in Extremely important
10 remain in Important
15 remain in Neutral
15 remain in Not important
15 remain in Extremely unimportant
Upon completing the values, enter the information in the section entitled Your Value Summary.

What I Want From My Job

Achievement Feeling of accomplishment


Independence (Work) Having the freedom to do my work as I believe best
Independence (Company Culture) Having a job where I dont have to fit in with a lot of other
people
Power/Authority-Controlling the situation around me
Leadership Being able to influence others, supervise others
Expertise - Having the chance to use all my abilities and skills
Intellectual Status Being regarded as well informed
Self-Fulfilment Having the opportunity to develop my capacities
Teamwork Working in a team
Interaction Contact with other workers, clients and companies
Prestigious Work Having work which is respected and considered important by others
Prestigious Company Working for an organisation which is respected by others; status
Creativity Developing and implementing new ideas
Entrepreneurship Motivation to develop new work ideas and directions
Routine/Stability Knowing what is expected of me and being able to meet those expectations
Challenge Having work that demands the best use of my abilities
Excitement Experiencing a high degree of novelty or drama on the job
Time Pressure - Having a lot of work to do in a short amount of time
Pressure Having to make many important decisions quickly
Environment Having a comfortable, clean and safe working environment
Geography Working close to home; working in a geographic location that suits my lifestyle
Benefits Receiving fringe benefits such as a car, expense accounts, etc

IBL or
Graduate
Position
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CAREER VALUES
Rate each item from 0 to 4 depending on how important it is to you
4 = Extremely important (I wouldnt ever consider working in a job that didnt accommodate this value)
3 = Important (I would really like my job to accommodate this value. However, I would consider a job that didnt
allow it)
2 = Neutral (I am indifferent to this value)
1 = Not important (I do not require this value to be upheld in my job)
0 = Extremely unimportant (This value has no relevance to me what so ever)

What I Want From My Job

Acknowledgment/Recognition Receiving credit for work well done


Nurturing Contributing to the welfare of others
Help Society Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world
Spirituality Religious and spiritual pursuits
Friendship - Being liked by others, having companionship
Quality Co-workers Working with interesting and talented people
Balance Having work which allows you time to meet the needs of other aspects of your life ie
family, sport
Health Taking care of myself
Job Security Having a job that I am not likely to lose easily
Pleasure Being happy and having fun
Wealth Earning a great deal of money
Change/Variety Having a diversity of work responsibilities and tasks
Interests Having a job in line with my interests
Precision Work Dealing with tasks that have exact specifications
Competition Engaging in activities which pit my abilities against others
Travel Having job involves quite a bit of travel
Communication A working environment which has a lot of open communication
Management Working with management and supervisors who I believe are fair to me
Tranquillity Having peace and quiet and a job with few conflicts
Career Pathways Having a prestigious company to put on my resume
Professional Development Learning new techniques and skills from industry professionals
Organisational Understanding Finding out more about how organisations work
Promotional Opportunities Having an opportunity to promote myself for a future job
Networking Increasing my connections and contacts with other professionals
Work Experience Obtaining relevant work experience
Reality Testing Trialling a job to see if it is really what I want to do in the future
Job Hunting Skills - Obtaining experience in the process of applying for a job
Other -

IBL or
Graduate
Position
0-4

Your Value Summary


My most important values with a rating of 4
Should you have more than five values that you
allocated a rating of 4, you will need to select the
five that are most important to you.

This value can be upheld in the job(s) I am


considering. Explain.

1.

1. Yes / No

2.

2. Yes / No

3.

3. Yes / No

4.

4. Yes / No

5.

5. Yes / No

My least important values with a rating of 0


Should you have more than five values that you
allocated a rating of 0, you will need to select the
five that are least important to you.

This value is unrelated to the job(s) I am


considering. Explain.

1.

1. Yes / No

2.

2. Yes / No

3.

3. Yes / No

4.

4. Yes / No

5.

5. Yes / No

Impact of Values
EXAMPLE

Value

Balance Having work


which allows me time to
meet the needs of other
aspects of my life
ie hobbies or sport

Impact on Work
Not seeking promotions
that require extra time at
work

Impact on Home and


Friends

Impact on Self

Making sure I allocate time


with my family and friends

Having enough time for my


hobbies or sport

Assessment What are the consequences of holding this value?


It might be that this is a temporary value until you stop participating in this hobby or sport. However, being
clear in your mind about your values and being able to express them can avoid a lot of tension.

COMPLETE
Value

Impact on Work

Impact on Home and


Friends

Impact on Self

Assessment What are the consequences of holding this value?

COMPLETE
Value

Impact on Work

Impact on Home and


Friends

Impact on Self

Assessment What are the consequences of holding this value?

References
Bolles, R.N. What Colour is your Parachute? Ten Speed Press, 2004
Figler, H. The Complete Job Search Handbook, Henry Holt & Co, 1999