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Clarify Career Values

Directions: The following is a list of words that describe the type of career environment and/or characteristics that you might want. As you go through the list, put a check mark next to those items which appeal to you. Then print the list and use it as your guide as you compare different possible career fields.

For example: Ask yourself:

  • Do I want a career that requires/allows me to do/have _________?
  • Do I want a career that provides the opportunity for___________?
Public Speaking
Stability - few changes in work
Public contact - high visibility
Competitive environment
Flexible schedule
Supervise others - mid level
Change society
Earn a lot of money - How much?
Work as part of a team
Help others
Work mostly alone
Create new programs/policies
Variety - Do different things
Recognition - for achievements
High social status
Adventure– high risk/excitement
Job security
Moral beliefs/work compatibility
Artistic expression
Location of work-geographic area
Physical challenge-activity
Community involvement
Free time - life/work balance
Tranquility-calm work atmosphere
Research - discovering new things
Fast-paced - exciting environment
Promotions - career ladder
Problem solving
Using the latest technology
Leadership - top level
Affiliation - belonging to a group
Attention to detail
Friendships - work relationships
Improve the environment
Influence people

You may add any career values that come to mind to this list. Anything that is important to you should be included. Remember, these are the things that you want your career to provide for you - no matter what specific career field you choose.