Your values show what is important to you. As such they have a significant effect on your career choices. Values are shaped by your family, community, work environment and life experiences.
Examples of how values can influence career decisions
Examples of common values
Below are some common values (you can add your own if you prefer). Read through the list and take note of the five that are most important to you:
How will your values influence your studies?
Can you link your values to specific occupations? How would your values be supported by the career choice you are making? How would your career choice support your values?
Complete the following sentences to understand how your values influence your studies:
O*Net online has a function where you can search for occupations linked to specific values. Click on "Advanced search" on http://www.onetonline.org and then select "Work values" from the drop-down list. Click on the value that matches your top values as identified on the previous page. You will get a list of occupations related to the values important to you.