Values Questionnaire

What Are Your Career Values?

What do you want in your career? What type of work environment and work conditions appeal to you? As you make decisions on a career that fits who you are, you'll want to consider these questions. These are values questions. You certainly want to be engaged in a career that utilizes your strengths and skills, but if your most important values aren't met, over time you'll remain unfulfilled. The match between a career or position's qualities and your values can make a big difference in your level of satisfaction in your work. Like most things in life, you may not be able to get all of them met, but prioritizing your most important values and seeking those out in your career search is important.

Read the following values statements and rank them according to how often each item is valued by you in your career. Go with your first instinct for each question. 

**Please select no more than 10 in the category Always Valued** 

1. Be able to determine the nature of my work without significant direction of others. Not have to follow instructions or conform to regulations.
2. Engage continually with intellectually complex questions and demanding tasks, trouble-shooting and problem solving as a core part of my job.
3. Demonstrate a high degree of proficiency in job skills and knowledge; show above average effectiveness.
4. Avoid pressure and “the rat race” in my job role and work setting.
5. Be able to express in writing and in person my ideas concerning my job and how I might improve it; have opportunities for experimentation and innovation.
6. Work in time pressured circumstances, where there is little or no margin for error, or with demanding personal relationships.
7. Have a job that requires bodily strength, speed, dexterity, or agility.
8. Deal with tasks that have exact specifications that require careful, accurate attention to detail.
9. Engage myself in pursuit of knowledge, truth, and understanding.
10. Be involved in studying or appreciating the beauty of things or ideas.
11. Impress or gain the respect of friends, family and community by the nature and/or level of responsibility of my work.
12. Be regarded as a very well informed and strong theorist, and/or as an acknowledged “expert” in a given field.
13. Work in circumstances where there is a high pace of activity and work is done rapidly.
14. Do projects by myself without any amount of contact or input from others.
15. Be assured of keeping my job and a reasonable financial reward.
16. Have work responsibilities frequently changed in content or setting.
17. Be able to get ahead rapidly, gaining opportunities for growth and seniority from work well done.
18. Be in a position to change attitudes or opinions of others.
19. Work in research and development, generating information and new ideas in the academic, scientific, or business communities.
20. Be involved in helping people directly, either individually or in small groups.
21. Have a work routine and job duties that are largely predictable, with clear expectations that are not likely to change over a long period of time.
22. Develop close personal relationships with people as a result of work activity.
23. Have the power to decide courses of action, policies, etc.
24. Do something to contribute to the betterment of the world.
25. Have a lot of day-to-day contact with people.
26. Be recognized as a member of a particular organization.
27. Engage in activities which pit my abilities against others. Have competition to motivate me.
28. Create new ideas, programs, organized structures or anything else not following a format developed by others.
29. Live in a town or city where I can meet my neighbors and become active in community activities, politics, or service.
30. Other values that are important to you:

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Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
Rachel’s passion is to help people discover their personal gifts and strengths to achieve self-acceptance, create a healthy relationship with food, mind and body, and find meaning and fulfillment in work and life roles. She helps people create nurturance and healing from within to restore balance and enoughness and overcome binge eating, emotional eating, anxiety, depression and lack of career fulfillment.

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