Thursday, February 10, 2011

Talking Values

What do you value most, and where does your career fit into the picture? How will it evolve over time? The answers to these questions can influence your next career move.

This 10-minute values inventory may help you clarify what is important to you. It's funny, one thing I discovered while taking it recently is  personal health is at the bottom for me right now, far below family, career, hobbies or other interests, and I've got to change that. Honestly, I don't know how it sunk to the bottom. Combine this with a quick journaling exercise: Sit down and free-write for 10 minutes about the value that moved and why. What's changed for you? How do you feel about it? What can you do?

When you're done visiting this assessment, you can use this section of the federal O-Net Online site to see how some work values match occupations. I always think it's interesting to check your current career to see what values are highlighted. Are you still a good match? Has something shifted in your life that makes your career rub you the wrong way?

Just some food for thought. Happy surfing!

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