Cornell University

Assess Values

Determine which of your values—or personal attitudes that influence your decisions and actions—are important to you in terms of job satisfaction. Review the following and rank those most significant to you.

  • Helping others
  • Contributing to society
  • Interacting with the public
  • Working as part of a team
  • Working independently/autonomously
  • Supervising or managing others
  • Intellectual challenge
  • Recognition
  • Potential for advancement
  • Financial rewards
  • Professional status
  • Job security

You can use this ranked list to begin to identify jobs or career paths that will offer you the challenges and circumstances that you value most highly.