What’s important to you? Your job title says it all!

Values, just the word alone carries weight to it. It feels big. If a piece of real estate property has “tremendous value,” that means it’s worth a lot of money and it’s in high demand. The word “value” is also used when talking about savings — “Small cost, big value.” In this case, it means that it’s saving you a lot of money. In both these examples, value is parallel to money — it means the same thing. But in real life? Value means a whole lot more.

Personal values: What is important to us, what saves us, what we cherish… the rules that we live by. Those are values. And believe it or not, your personal values are apparent in all that you do.

WHAT PEOPLE VALUE:

Just the fact that you are reading this right now can show that you value learning and personal growth. If one of your values is organisation, no doubt if we opened your closet right now, it would be color-coded, organised by occasion and all neatly pressed. If you value money (you either make a lot of money or you save a lot of money,) either way, you enjoy seeing those dollars in your bank account. If you value health you probably go to the green grocers to get fresh veggies every few days and enjoy exercise and nutrition. Similarly, your values are clear in what you choose to do for a living. 

If you’re a police officer, no doubt you have a sense of community and justice — those are your values and both make it high on the list. If you’re a hair and makeup stylist, you value aesthetics and appreciate beauty and self-esteem. Someone who is a doctor generally has a value of health and helping. Now you try it: What do you think could be important for an aged carer?

Our guess? Having an appreciation of the elderly and their needs, their culture, to want to support those that may be vulnerable.

Of course, not all of us have our job in alignment with our values. And that could be because of many different reasons:

  • Economy – maybe you had to take any job you could find to pay the bills.
  • Laziness – perhaps it was too hard to go to medical school so you settled for working in a lolly shop.
  • Money or circumstance – you wanted to be a lawyer, but that takes a lot of money.You really did want to become a librarian, but that much schooling would take too much time away from your family.

HOW DO YOU GET YOUR JOB IN ALIGNMENT WITH YOUR VALUES:

The most important thing is to recognise your values — that’s step one. And perhaps this takes a little bit of research and consideration. Luckily, CCH has a 3 minute quiz that assesses your values and can help point you in the right direction. But if you want to do a little self-reflection right now, just pull out a pad a pen and let’s consider you.

  • Do you like to be outdoors?
  • Do you prefer an office space?
  • Do you like to be dressed up or be a little more casual?
  • Do you enjoy working with others, or does being alone bring you peace?

Believe it or not, all these questions need to be considered when you are strategising your career plan. Knowing what you don’t like is just as important as knowing what you do like. So just starting out with a LIKE and DON’T LIKE list, you’ll start to see your values rise to the top.

Once you’ve realised your values, finding a job in that area can be more strategic. There’s no point in blasting your resume out to every field, like a sprinkler effect. Most people can understand that putting all your time and energy in one direction will get you to the finish line quicker.

MARIA SMITH

FOUNDER AND COMMUNICATION EXPERT

As Founder of Career Change Happens and Find Your Calling, Maria has had years of experience in the world of Cognitive Behavioural Conditioning, and personal and professional development. Her intense passion for supporting others in making their dreams a reality has helped thousands of people clarify and move into positive futures.

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