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Below is a simple values assessment that may help you learn more about your work values. Your results are not likely to provide a final academic or career choice, but may help you discover more about the values you think are important. This information could be shared with your advisors, parents, professors, and/or career counselor to help brainstorm potential college majors and career options.
Read through the statements below and rate the level of importance you place on each area. Click on "click for total score" at the end of each section and a summary of your scores will be profiled at the end of the inventory. Print out this page when you are done to have a record of your results. We recommend you meet with a career counselor to discuss your results and career plans when you are finished.
This is not a test with right or wrong answers, nor has this inventory been reviewed for reliability or validity. Your results, however, may help you identify important values and become more aware of related college majors and career options.
Rate the level of importance for each value listed below from 0 (not important) to 9 (very important):
People who value achievement place importance on attaining their goals. They prefer to accomplish high standards and want to exceed their performance levels. All college majors and career paths offer the opportunity for high achievement.
Individuals who value challenge thrive in environments where complicated projects are common. They enjoy pushing their abilities and confronting difficult projects. All college majors and career paths offer the opportunity for challenge.
Those who enjoy working alone and relying on themselves value independence. They like the solitude and are comfortable working individually. Some college majors and career paths may offer more opportunity for independence. For example, biology may be more consistent with this value than management.
People who value money want to earn large salaries and be well compensated for their efforts. They want to be very comfortable financially. Some college majors and career paths may offer higher salaries. For example, engineering and technical majors and related career paths tend to offer higher starting salaries than liberal arts majors.
Individuals who value power feel good when they are in control and have the ability to influence situations and/or people. They like to be in charge and have a lot of responsibility. Some college majors and career paths may offer more opportunity for power. For example, pharmacy, management, and education majors may be in good positions to pursue career paths with power.
Those who place importance on recognition want others to be aware of their work and accomplishments. It is important for them to feel that their contributions are acknowledged. All college majors and career paths offer the opportunity for recognition.
People who perceive service to others as worthwhile feel it's important to contribute to the good of society. They want to help others and make the world a better place for all. Some college majors and career paths may offer more opportunity to provide services to others. For example, social work, psychology, sociology, and education majors may be more likely to allow you to contribute to the well-being of others.
Individuals who value variety feel a strong need to engage in different kinds of tasks. They like to change projects and get involved in different kinds of work experiences. All college majors offer the opportunity for variety. Some career paths may offer less variety, although most professional-level positions offer many unique experiences.
After you complete the values assessment, go back to "Assess Yourself" and complete the interests and skills assessments. Once you have finished each assessment, go to the next section, "Generate Options," to brainstorm ideas of college majors and careers that might be suitable for you.
Values assessment inspired by University of Minnesota, Morris at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/services/career/ and "What To Do With The Rest Of Your Life," Catalyst.