Job satisfaction comes from having a job that meets your expectations and satisfies your needs. Your values are the things that bring energy, meaning and purpose to your life.
- Clarifying your top values can help you:
- Feel more confident about yourself and your career choices
- Find more satisfaction in your career choice
- Further express your individuality and life passions
- Understand the core of your character
- Connect your values to your work choices
As you are taking the Careers Values Assessment imagine this.
"You have just found an old lamp, rubbed it and a career-genie popped out and told you that he would give you whatever you wanted in a career. "Be careful," he says, "because what you wish for is what you get."
Can you put into words the desires of your heart?
Can you sort out your small whims, your strong preferences, and your firm requirements regarding the world of work?
Every day, someone somewhere asks themselves, "What do I want in a career?"
Other similar questions are:
- Where do I want to live and work?
- What kind of job appeals to me?
- What kind of coworkers will be kindred spirits?
- What kind of working conditions will be rewarding?
- What level of responsibility can I handle?
- What salary level is important for me to attain?
These are value questions. Being able to answer these questions and others like them clearly plays a key role in achieving career satisfaction and success.
Employment opportunities vary widely. The match between your values and a job's components can range all the way from wonderful to reasonably good to awful. It is necessary then, to have some criteria for career decisions.
They also provide the means to evaluate the merits and negotiate the terms of actual job options. The process we use centers around values clarification.
The Knowdell™ Career Values Card Sort is a simple tool that allows you to prioritize you values in as little as five minutes. Fifty-four variables of work satisfaction—such as time freedom, precision work, power, technical competence and public contact—are listed and described.
When you finish your test you will be in a much better position to translate your values into careers that you are considering.
Click on the link to take the Values Assessment. You will want to print your results when you are finished.