Assess What Is Important to You

Think carefully about what each of the words or terms below means to you, and then assess how they relate to what you want from work:

  • Achievement (accomplishing important things)
  • Aesthetics (attractive workspace)
  • Affiliation (membership in organization as a source of pride)
  • Alignment with boss
  • Artistic creativity
  • Autonomy & independence (most work self-determined, with limited direction from others)
  • Change & variety
  • Chaos (loosely defined environment; goals and priorities unclear)
  • Community activity
  • Commute
  • Competition
  • Creativity
  • Dual careers (place also offers career opportunities for partner)
  • Employee benefits
  • Excitement
  • Fast pace
  • Friendships
  • Glass ceiling (work environment offers all groups equal potential to work at highest levels)
  • Global focus (potential to live/work abroad)
  • Help others
  • Impact society
  • Influence people
  • Intellectual status
  • Knowledge
  • Legacy (be remembered for specific achievement by those who follow after)
  • Lifestyle integration (ability to balance family, career, and self-fulfillment)
  • Location
  • Loyalty (high level of reciprocal loyalty with organization)
  • Make decisions
  • Minimize stress
  • Mobility (opportunity to relocate when appropriate)
  • Moral affiliation (work with people of similar morals, values, and ethics)
  • Moral fulfillment (environment that reflects your own moral standards)
  • Multicultural affiliation (environment with people from broad range of ages, cultures, etc.)
  • Physical challenge
  • Power & authority
  • Precision work
  • Prestige
  • Profit & gain
  • Public contact
  • Pure challenge (work which requires you to overcome impossible obstacles, difficult problems, etc.)
  • Recognition
  • Risk
  • Security
  • Self-realization (potential for you to realize your best talents)
  • Stability
  • Supervision (you have responsibility for planning and managing work done by others)
  • Time freedom
  • Travel
  • Work alone
  • Work under pressure
  • Work with others

Once you have pondered the meaning of each, list the words or phrases under the following headings–bearing in mind that you may change your opinion several times as you go through them.

  • Must haves
  • High Wants
  • Wants
  • Don’t Minds
  • Don’t Wants

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