Values

Values are the things that we believe in and which we think are important. Each person has a value system which has been influenced by their background and their philosophy of life.

Some jobs provide a scope for expressing what we believe, while other occupations go against certain values. You could find that a job which supports your value system will interest and motivate you far more than a job which goes against your values.

Because there is a strong relationship between jobs and lifestyle, the things which you value in your lifestyle - income, location, free time, etc. - can also play an important part in your career choice.

WHAT ARE YOUR VALUES?

Write your answers to these incomplete sentences:

The things I want most to achieve before I die are .....................................
The things I want to achieve this year are .............................................
If I had a million dollars, I'd ........................................................
The things about myself that I value most are...........................................
My greatest achievement so far is ......................................................
The possession I value most is..........................................................
I wish .................................................................................
It would take away all meaning to my life if I lost.....................................



Think about what rewards or satisfactions the following people might get from their work.
What type of values to they appeal to?
What type of person might do this type of job?
  • Child care worker
  • Journalist
  • Army officer
  • Social worker
  • Security guard
  • Telephonist
  • Waiter/waitress
  • Hairdresser
  • Nurse
  • Computer Operator
  • Fruit picker
  • Receptionist
  • Travelling Sales Rep.
  • Office worker
  • Window cleaner
  • Architect
  • Tyre fitter
  • Pilot
  • Model
  • Cook
  • Musician
  • Health inspector
  • Jockey
  • Librarian
  • Cleaner
  • Carpenter
  • Factory Hand
  • Sales assistant
  • Accountant
  • Cashier
  • Toll collector
  • Teacher
  • Doctor
  • Veterinary assistant
  • Florist
  • Pathologist
  • Bus driver
  • Author
  • Typist
  • Furrier


  • WHAT ARE VALUES?


    Using the values listed below, indicate how important each of them are to you using the scale:
    Very Important    Important    Neutral    Unimportant    Very Unimportant
    • Justice (fairness, honesty)
    • Intelligence (ability to understand)
    • Wealth (material comfort and security)
    • Friendship (trust, companionship)
    • Excitement (adventure, travel, interest)
    • Social Recognition (respect, admiration, fame, status)
    • Achievement (contribution to society)
    • Eternal Life (Heaven, life after death)
    • Peace (freedom from war and personal conflict)
    • Pleasure ( enjoyment, comfort)
    • Beauty (appreciation of nice things)
    • Security (personal and national protection)
    • Equality ( opportunity for everyone)
    • Love (closeness, intimacy, self-giving)
    • Family (security, care, closeness)
  • Peace of Mind (freedom from inner conflict)
  • Self-Determination (power to control own life)
  • Happiness (satisfaction, joy, contentment)
  • Self Respect (pride, confidence In yourself)
  • Authority (total order, confidence in leadership)
  • Environment (appreciation of nature)
  • Freedom (power to do what you want to do)
  • Learning and growing as a person
  • Service (giving/doing to others)
  • Popularity (being liked, respected)
  • Belonging (being accepted by others, not isolated)
  • Glamour (attractive lifestyle, excitement, not mundane)
  • Power (able to make changes, influence, control)
  • Stability (lack of sudden unexpected changes)
  • Comfort (ease, pleasure, relaxation)
  • QUESTIONS:

    1. Of those values which you said were very important to you, which TEN are most important?
      Rank them in order of importance from 1 to 10.

    2. Look at the values you said were very unimportant to you. Rank the TEN which are of least importance to you.

    3. Do you think that there are some jobs you just couldn't do because of what you believe? Try to name at least five jobs which would fit this description.

    4. How important do you think it is to do a job which satisfies your values?
      Is it equally important to make sure that the job you are doing doesn't only just satisfy your "least important" values?

    How important are values in the workplace?

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