Personal Development- Career Assessment based on Values and Interests

Career Assessment based on Values and Interests:

When we are looking foe our career choice we also need to take into account our core values and interests:

What are our personal VALUES:

These are highly individualistic but they can consist of your Lifestyle priorities, motivators for your behavior that you adhere to, subjective values that you prioritize and define individualize you. These values can be ways you react to and relate to in the world around to,your life philosophy which are your experiences with friends,parents and environmental factors and finally conscious or unconscious actions.

These can and should influence your choices to occupation,employer,family and community involvement. These can help you with stress levels, morale, productivity,cooperation,enhances understanding,respect,feeling fulfilled,personal growth and prioritizing.

Examples of values could be:

Accomplishment, authority, balance, challenge, creativity, diversity, fun, high earnings, humility, independence, influence, learning, recognition,responsibility, risk taking, service, structure, status, team work and trust.


Identifying a theme that defines your interest and you will notice patterns being established, such as:


This person would be practical, who are oriented to to the present rather than the past or future. Their thought patterns are structured, and tend to take a concrete approach to solving problems rather than rely on abstract theories. Their attitudes and values  are conventional because they are tested and reliable. They can be competitive, assertive but also reserved. They like hands on activities that require motor coordination, skill ,and physical strength and a preference to action than talking,writing or interpersonal skills.

Examples: Baker,cook, desktop publisher, electrician,farmer,machinist, mechanic,pilot, surveyor.


These individuals are independent, analytical, and abstract. They consider themselves scholarly and intellectually self-confident, but not particularly people-oriented. They prefer to think rather than act, organize and understand than persuade or lead. They look to understand the causes and effect and so use their intelligence to figure out problems and search for facts.

Example:Anthropologist, architect, pharmacist, civil engineer, coroner, economist, forensic scientist, medical laboratory technician.


Artistic people are interested in cultural and aesthetic areas. They value self-expression and rely on feelings and imagination. They are more likely to relate to others with indirect means through their medium. They prefer tasks that involve personal or physical skills and are prone to expressing their emotions to others.They like to focus on the creation of products,ideas,or performances in which they perceive themselves to have musical or artistic ability.Creating new forms,designs, and pattern using physical, human or verbal materials for creative expression.

Example:Actor, artist, dancer, editor, literature teacher, musician(singer), photographer, producer, writer.


Social people prefer to communicate rather than work with objects, machines, or data. They like to value social activities, social service, and interpersonal relationships and are interested in other people as well as being sensitive to the needs of others. They like work situations that promote learning and personal development. These social people use their verbal and social skills to change other people’s behavior. They often seek close interpersonal relationships and are less apt to engage in intellectual pursuits or extensive physical activity. They don’t see themselves as mechanically inclined but do see themselves as understanding and popular.

Example:Clergy, clinical psychologist,counselor,interpreter (translator), librarian, nurse, social worker, teacher, therapist


Enterprising people are doers, not thinkers. They prefer working with people and ideas rather than things. They have good speaking abilities and tend to use their verbal skills for persuading or influencing rather than supporting or helping others.They value political and economic matters, prestige,profit, and status. They enjoy starting up and carrying out projects and taking risks for profit as well as making decisions.

Example:Attorney, buyer, financial planner, public relations executive,sales, small business owner, stockbroker, travel agent.


Conventional people prefer working with data,numbers, and detail rather than ideas. The lines of authority are clear and prefer working within regulations, routines, and standards to working in situations where they judge things for themselves.In both work and interpersonal  situations, they like structure, order, and precision rather ambiguity and are happiest when things run smoothly and efficiently.

Examples:Accountant, archivist,bookkeeper, customer service, administrative assistant.


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