It is crucial to know your work values if you want to find your ideal job. Your work values are those things in your work life that you consider to be important. When you design your career based on your values, your motivation will be greatly increased and your chances of success and fulfilment improve hugely. Otherwise you’re faced with spending 1/3 of your life doing something that doesn’t fulfill you.

Are you aware of your work values?

Taking the time to think about the things that really matter to you is a good starting point for finding your ideal job.

Find a quiet place where you won't be disturbed. Relax your body and mind. Look at the values listed below. Make a note of the top ten values which are most like you and the five that are least like you. Take as much time as you need.


Helping others

Risk taking

Change and variety


Making a difference

Prestige and the social status




Material benefits


Artistic creativity

Work environment

Self expression


Working outdoors


Competing with others

Influencing others

Work-life balance

Sense of achievement

Intellectual stimulation


Working with data/numbers

Working with machines

Working ideas

Working with hands/tools

Structure and predictability

Making decisions


Public contact

Working alone

Working for a good cause

Physical work

Traveling often

Being an entrepreneur

Working in a fast-paced environment

Having regular work hours

Setting your own hours/having flexibility


Having fun at work

Now that you’ve discovered your values you should be starting to get a sense of what is important to you in terms of your career plan.

Write a few sentences describing or summarizing how your values translate into your ideal job.

Consider how each is reflected in the work you currently do. Don’t assume that to find your ideal job you have to change careers completely. If you like your job but you are not happy with long working hours, is there scope for you to negotiate fewer hours ? Maybe your job allows you to work from home a couple of days a week ? Be imaginative ! Changes don’t always have to be drastic to be effective.

If you are happy with your career but find yourself working for a company whose values are totally different from yours, you are in the wrong place. In this case, you might consider applying for another company whose values align with yours.

If work-life balance is very important to you but you spend 4 hours commuting each day, this will take valuable time away from your family and the ability to pursue other activities that you would normally enjoy. Start looking for a job close to your home.

If you are sure that changing careers is the only way you will be happy, then start preparing yourself for the transition.

Remember : Confucius said, "Find a job you enjoy, and you'll never work a day in your life."

Author's Bio: 

Ebru Ulufer is a professional life coach who specialises in career coaching. She combines her 16 years of corporate career experience with her coaching training to help her clients create the career they were born to do and earn a living doing what they truly would love to do. She holds a BA degree in Political Science & International Relations, she is a qualified Personal Performance Coach with The Coaching Academy and a Licensed Firework Career Coach.

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