University of Arizona – Assessment Tools
The following is a list of personal values that many people have identified as being important to them in their careers.
Each value is ranked on a scale of 1-3.
There should be additional, more personal values added to these, such as the value of education or intellectual pursuits.
1 – Things I value most
Moral Fulfillment: Feel that my work contributes to a set of moral standards which I feel are very important.
Community: Live where I can participate in community affairs.
Help Society: Do something which contributes to improving the world we live in.
General Creativity: Have the opportunity to create new programs, materials, or organizational structures.
Physical Challenge: Do activities that use my physical capabilities.
Time Freedom: Be able to work according to my own schedule.
1.5 – Things I value a lot
Make Decisions: Have the power to decide courses of action and policies.
Change and Variety: Have work activities which frequently change.
Work Alone: Do projects by myself, with limited contact with others.
Precision Work: Work in situations where attention to detail and accuracy are very important.
Work Mastery: Become an expert in whatever work I do.
Recognition: Be publicly recognized for the high quality of my work.
2 – Things I value more than most
Independence: Be able to determine the nature of my work without significant direction from others
Security: Be assured of keeping my job and receiving satisfactory compensation
Stability: Have a work routine and job duties that are largely predictable
Artistic Creativity: Engage in creative artistic expression.
Aesthetics: Participate in studying or appreciating the beauty of things and ideas.
Help Others: Be directly included in helping other people, either individually or in small groups.
2.5 – Things I value somewhat
Knowledge: Engage in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding.
Influence People: Be in a position to influence the attitudes or opinions of other people.
Public Contact: Have a lot of day-to-day contact with the public.
Supervision: Have a job in which I am directly responsible for the work of others.
Work with Others: Work as a team member toward common goals
Fast Pace: Work in circumstances where work must be done rapidly
3 – Things I don’t particularly value
Adventure: Have work duties which require frequent risk-taking
Financial Gain: Have a high likelihood of achieving very great monetary rewards for my work
3.5 Things of no value or negative value
Competition: Engage in activities which pit my abilities against others
Work Under Pressure: Work in situations where time pressure is prevalent
Excitement: Experience a high degree of (or frequent) excitement in the course of my work