5 What personal values do I hold?
You will now be developing a clearer picture of how you’ve got to where you are today and identified some of the things that are important to you. Often these are referred to as ‘personal values’. They influence what you see as priorities, how you decide what is right for you, and how you measure what you are doing with your life.
When the way you live your life reflects your values, it is easier to be contented and satisfied. When there is a mismatch between them, it can lead to unhappiness. This is why making an effort to know what your values are, is important when thinking about your career.
You may already be aware of how certain beliefs or values have influenced the kind of work you do, or would like to do. For instance, you may want work that benefits other people, or you may see work simply as a way of funding your preferred lifestyle and interests. It may also be that some things that were once important to you are less so now.
In the next section you are going to look at what is important to an example learner, Jon, before moving on to thinking about yourself again.