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Appendix A: Self-assess your work values

Some commonly expressed values are listed below. Rank each of the listed values as

  1. Not Important
  2. Moderately important
  3. Very Important

to you in your choice of career by circling the correct number.

 

Enjoyment (having fun at what you do)

1 -- 2 -- 3

Helping Other People (in a direct way)

1 -- 2 -- 3

Friendships (developing close relationships with co-workers)

1 -- 2 -- 3

Helping Society (contributing to the betterment of the world)

1 -- 2 -- 3

Freedom (flexible schedule, independence)

1 -- 2 -- 3

Recognition (being acknowledged in a tangible way)

1 -- 2 -- 3

Creativity (having the opportunity to express your ideas and yourself in work; innovation)

1 -- 2 -- 3

Location (Being able to live where you choose)

1 -- 2 -- 3

Competition (matching your abilities with others’)

1 -- 2 -- 3

Power and Authority (being in a managerial or leadership position; supervising others; having decision making authority)

1 -- 2 -- 3

Achievement (accomplishing desired objective; mastery)

1 -- 2 -- 3

Compensation (receiving money and other benefits commensurate with services rendered)

1 -- 2 -- 3

Variety (having a mix of tasks to perform and people to interact with every day)

1 -- 2 -- 3

Security (a feeling of stability, no worries, certainty)

1 -- 2 -- 3

Prestige (being seen as a successful; obtaining recognition and status)

1 -- 2 -- 3

Aesthetics (attractiveness of work environment, contributing to the beauty of the world)

1 -- 2 -- 3

Morality and Ethics (working and living according to a code or set of rules; enhancing world ethics)

1 -- 2 -- 3

Intellectual Stimulation (working in an environment that encourages and stimulates thinking)

1 -- 2 -- 3

Public Contact (working directly with others, as opposed to working alone or working with objects only)

1 -- 2 -- 3

Pace (busy versus relaxed atmosphere)

1 -- 2 -- 3

Risk (monetary or other types of risks – e.g. new product development or start –up enterprise)

1 -- 2 -- 3

Any other values that are Very Important to you but are not on this list?

 

List your top five work values:

(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)

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Appenxix B: Self-assess your interests

Interests and passions inventory

If you need some extra stimulus, go through this list and tick all the activities in which you’ve ever been interested. It’s not an exhaustive list, and you may want to add more items. Choose three of these which represent those interests you feel most passionate about.

Advising
Cinema
Gambling
Skydiving
Art history
Clubbing
Giving parties
Socialising with friends
Amateur dramatics
Coaching sports teams
Helping people
Speaking/debating in public
Antiques
Collecting
History
Spirituality
Archaeology
Composing music
Hunting/fishing
Sports – specify:
Architecture
Committees
Judo/karate
Team sports
Attending lectures/workshops
Computers
Knitting/sewing
Theatre
Campaigning
Concerts
Meditation
Travel/other cultures
Bargain-hunting
Cooking
Mentoring
Tutoring/teaching
Beekeeping
Counselling
Museums/art galleries
Visiting gardens/houses
Belonging to clubs
Crafts
Networking
Volunteering/community work
Building models
Dancing
Photography
Walking/hiking
Building things
Design
Playing a musical instrument
Water sports
Camping
DIY
Politics/current affairs
Wildlife
Card games
Dog
Problem solving/puzzles
Wine tasting
Caring for children
Doing things outdoors
Reading
Woodworking
Caring for/breeding animals
Drawing/painting/sculpture
Reading palms/cards
Working out/exercise
Caring for sick or elderly people
Fashion
Researching
Working with your hands
Car mechanics
Food and drink
Residents’ Association
Writing
Chess
Fundraising
Sightseeing
Yoga/pilates/t’ai chi
Church
Gardening
Singing

 

My top five interests are:

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

 

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