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Some commonly expressed values are:
  • Achievement
  • Challenge
  • Status
  • Prestige
  • Security
  • Self-expression
  • Contributing to society
  • Helping others
  • Independence
  • Aesthetics
  • Creativity
  • Recreation
  • Fitness
  • Strong family
  • Variety
  • Power
  • Financial reward
  • Recognition
  • Belonging to a team or community
  • Purchasing power

Examining your values is a useful exercise no matter what stage of life you are at. Sometimes values change with age, but you may also find that some values are constant in your life. Values may be learned from society, family, friends, other institutions and through self-reflection.

If you have worked thoroughly through these activities at this point you should have a fairly good idea of how you see yourself. If you haven't already done so you should try to get input from others.

Talk to your family and friends. Are family and/or friends expressing concern with employment choices you are considering? If yes, why? Listen to their advice and their wishes for you, but take responsibility for your own decisions and actions. Take the Values Survey your instructor provides.

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