Discover Your Key Work Values

Work values are those things you like to do. They give you pleasure and enjoyment. Most jobs involve a combination of likes and dislikes. By identifying what you both like and dislike about jobs, you should be able to better identify jobs that involve tasks that you will most enjoy.

The following exercise lets you identify what most satisfies you about work.

My Work Values

I prefer employment which enables me to:

___contribute to society___be creative
___have contact with people___supervise others
___work alone___work with details
___work with a team___gain recognition
___compete with others___acquire security
___make decisions___make money
___work under pressure___help others
___use power and authority___solve problems
___acquire new knowledge___take risks
___be a recognized expert___work at own pace

Select four work values from the above list which are the most important to you, and list them in the space below. List any other work values which were not listed above but are nonetheless important to you:

  1. ______________________________________________
  2. ______________________________________________
  3. ______________________________________________
  4. ______________________________________________


SOURCE: Adapted from I Want to Do Something Else, But I'm Not Sure What It Is (Impact Publications), page 95. Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.