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Succeed in the workplace
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3.1 Thinking about your answers

Your answers to Activity 3 act much like a mirror does when you look into it. They reflect back something about you to yourself. It is useful, therefore, to think about what they suggest to you in Activity 4.

Activity 4 Considering what you value about work

Timing: Allow approximately 10 minutes

Use the following questions to prompt your thoughts and write down your ideas.

  • Do any of your answers surprise you? If so, why?
  • Do any of the things you find important seem to be in conflict?
  • Do your answers suggest anything about the kind of work that is most likely to satisfy the things you find important?
  • Do your answers suggest how or where you are likely to be most comfortable working?
  • Do your answers suggest where or how you might feel least comfortable working?


Obviously your work experiences are a reflection of the opportunities you have had, and the choices you have made so far. If you are lucky enough to be fully satisfied by your current work, then your focus may be on how to progress within it. If you are not, then you might want to make changes. These activities are the start of seeing where you may want to go.

Of course, work is only one aspect of your life and to consider it in isolation to all the other things that matter to you would be a mistake. For that reason, in the next section you are encouraged to take a broader look at your life interests and aspirations.