How Can a Value-Based Career Assessment Help You Choose A Career?

How Can a Value-Based Career Assessment Help You Choose A Career?
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  • 0:01 Work Values
  • 1:19 Examples
  • 4:00 Values Assessment
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Instructor: Natalie Boyd

Natalie is a teacher and holds an MA in English Education and is in progress on her PhD in psychology.

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to their work life. In this lesson, we'll explore work values, including what they are, some common work values, work values assessments, and how they can influence your career choices.

Work Values

Eve is not happy. She's been finished with college for a few years now, and she thought she'd chosen a good job after school, but it's all wrong for her. She makes pretty good money and she gets lots of accomplishments and praise, but she feels bored at work all the time, and she really wishes she could have a job where she had more freedom in the type of projects she got to work on.

Eve is struggling with work values, which are what you prefer your work life to be like. For some people, Eve's job would be perfect for them: lots of money and praise? Sounds great! Boredom at work means that she's not really stressed very much. To some people, all that is ideal - but not to Eve. She longs for a job where she feels challenged and autonomous. She wants to do a variety of things, not just the same old thing day after day.

There's no 'good' or 'bad' when it comes to work values. Eve wants one thing and someone else might want something different. That's just who they are, and neither of them has better work values than the other. To understand work values a little better, let's look at some examples of work values and then look at how Eve can find a career that will match up with her values a little better.


Okay, so Eve isn't so much into money, and she really values feeling free to work on her own terms. These are two values that Eve holds. But what others are out there? There are many, many work-related values that people can have. But there are also some common ones that show up frequently in many people:

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