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Self-Assessment: Values

To clarify which values are critical to you in your career use the following letters (I, M, C) to identify the values that are irrelevant, important or critical/mandatory:

I - Irrelevant
M - Important
C - Critical/Mandatory


 Conditions at the Workplace

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Safe and Secure- an environment free from danger and harassment

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Pleasant setting- a pleasing environment and comfortable setting to work

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Relaxed atmosphere- avoid pressures and the "rat race"

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Calm environment- with little distractions of noise or interruptions

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Urban setting- a work setting within a city, bustling activity

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Suburban setting- a work setting within a suburb

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Rural setting- a work setting within a rural area

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Self-employment- being employed by and working for yourself

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Large company

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Small company

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Own office

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Shared workspace

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Caring co-workers- working with people who get along and cooperate

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Respectful supervision- having understanding supervisors who respect your wants and needs

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Competition- engaging in activities that test your abilities against others with clear win-lose outcomes

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Self-competition- engaging in activities that test your abilities against my own performance

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Fast-paced work- working rapidly to meet time or performance deadlines

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Variety/change- have work responsibilities with frequently changing tasks or locations

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Travel- work where travel is an integral part of the routine

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Inside work- working inside a building usually within an office setting

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Outside work- working outdoors exposed to the elements

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Both inside and outside work- striking a balance between both inside and outside work

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Working alone- doing assignments by yourself involving minimal contact with co-workers

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Teamwork- work as an integral part of a group toward common goals

 

 Workplace Values

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Independence/Autonomy- to determine the nature of my work tasks and schedule with little or any direction from others

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Adventure- to be involved in activities that involve risk-taking

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Ethical/Moral standards- being free to act in accordance with a set of standards regarding what is right or fair

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Expertise/Competence- striving to excel at the work that you do, being an expert in your field with or without recognition

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Utilizing skills and abilities- utilizing the competencies you possess at the maximum

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Manual dexterity- using your hands to produce, repair or create concrete, tangible things

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Problem solving- figuring out how something should be done

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Creating- improving processes or else developing ideas, materials, programs or structures

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Precision work- performing work that meets exacting standards or attention to detail

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Intellectual challenge- performing demanding tasks that challenge your intellect

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Social contribution- seeking to improve the human condition

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Influencing others- affecting others in ways designed to change attitudes or opinions or motivating them to take action

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Supervising/Directing others- being in a position to oversee and/or take responsibility for the work of others

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Aesthetic contribution- performing work that contributes to making the world a more beautiful place

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Spiritual fulfillment- doing work that contributes to the religious or spiritual fulfillment of yourself or others

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Friendships- develop close personal friendships with people at work

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Moral fulfillment- feel my work is contributing significantly to a set of moral standards, which I feel are important

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Self- realization/Enlightenment/Personal fulfillment- work that allows realizing the full potential and/or gives high personal satisfaction and reward

 

 

Workplace Rewards

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High earnings potential- being able to purchase essentials and luxuries

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Benefits- health insurance, tuition reimbursement, child care, etc., as part of your compensation package

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Equitable pay- being compensated at a rate that is commensurate with the amount and quality of work you do

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Advancement- opportunities for growth either by advancing into positions of increasing authority and responsibility or promotions from work well done

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Job availability and security- working in an occupation field where you have a good opportunity to obtain and maintain a job

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Recognition/prestige- being perceived by others as doing important work or an expert in your field

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Learning opportunities/growth- regular or daily opportunities to learn new things or expand new skills

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Progressive- be in an environment that is progressive in its work, attitudes, service or products

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Career advancement- clear advancement tracks or opportunities to make advancement

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Technology- work in an environment that utilizes and advances with technology

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Results- have a job where you can see the end product of your work

 

 Personal/Family Considerations

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Job sharing- being able to share the duties and responsibilities of a job with another person or other people

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Regular hours- working consistently regular business hours Monday through Friday of 8-5pm

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Flex hours- working hours that are flexible where you are able to set your own schedule

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Easy commute- living close to where you work

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Work out of the home- a position that allows the majority if not all your work to be conducted at your own home

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Acceptance- welcomed for what you can contribute regardless of gender, race, age, etc.

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Leisure- balance between work and personal/family life

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Location- live in a place that fits my lifestyle and gives the opportunity to do the activities that I enjoy the most (specifically:________________________)

 

Adapted from Your Career Planner by David Borchard, Cheryl Bonnard and Susan Musich

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