Ranking Your Work Values

This approach to identifying work values is outlined in The Guide to Occupational Exploration.

In the first column, check those work values that are most important to you. In the second column, list by rank your five most important values.

Yes/NoRankingWork Values
______Adventure: Working in a job that requires taking risks
______Authority: Working in a job in which you use your position to control others
______Competition: Working in a job in which you compete with others
______Creativity and self-expression: Working in a job in which you use your imagination to find new ways to do or say something
______Flexible work schedule: Working in a job in which you choose your hours to work
______Helping others: Working in a job in which you provide direct services to persons with problems
______High salary: Working in a job where many workers earn a large amount of money
______Independence: Working in a job in which you decide for yourself what work to do and how to do it
______Influencing others: Working in a job in which you influence the opinions of other or decisions of others
______Intellectual stimulation: Working in a job which requires a great amount of thought and reasoning
______Leadership: Working in a job in which you direct, manage, or supervise the activities of other people
______Outside work: Working outdoors
______Persuading: Working in a job in which you personally convince others to take certain actions
______Physical work: Working in a job which requires substantial physical activity
______Prestige: Working in a job which gives you status and respect in the community
______Public attention: Working in a job in which you attract immediate notice because of appearance or activity
______Public contact: Working in a job in which you daily deal with the public
______Recognition: Working in a job in which you gain public notice
______Research work: Working in a job in which you search for and discover new facts and develop ways to apply them
______Routine work: Working in a job in which you follow established procedures requiring little change
______Seasonal work: Working in a job in which you are employed only at certain times of the year
______Travel: Working in a job in which you take frequent trips
______Variety: Working in a job in which your duties change frequently
______Work with children: Working in a job in which you teach or care for children
______Work with hands: Working in a job in which you use your hands or hand tools
______Work with machines or equipment: Working in a job in which you use machines or equipment
______Work with numbers: Working in a job in which you use mathematics or statistics

SOURCE: Adapted from I Want to Do Something Else, But I'm Not Sure What It Is (Impact Publications), pages 96-98. Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.