This semester, I'm taking quite an interesting mix of classes from business law to accounting and career management. My career management class meets only once a week and mainly reviews practical topics including how to dress professionally or craft the perfect elevator pitch. Recently, we discussed values and how to apply our personal values in our careers to not only be successful but to find the right job. We then did an exercise with about thirty cards that listed various values/perks in a workplace and asked to personally rank them on a scale from always valued, to sometimes valued, seldom valued, and never valued.
The exercise seemed easy enough, but it was surprising how difficult it was to decide how much I truly valued things like honesty, corporate social responsibility, aesthetics, physical activity, high wages, or friendly office culture when they were pitted against each other (no workplace is perfect so we could only put about seven values in each category on our scale).
Everyone then had to share how we personally ranked our values.
One look at this little blog or my Instagram and anyone can tell I live for creativity and value aesthetics. I'm definitely believe in left/right brain dominance, but it was still shocking to realize how many people put creativity and aesthetics at the bottom of their scale. Junior year is approaching soon and the pressure to choose a major and future career path is weighing heavily on many of my friends and peers. While I'm not entirely sure what my exact dream job looks like, I'm constantly learning and reassessing what values are important to me based on my experiences in class, internships, jobs, and extracurriculars. From my experiences, I keep discovering what mix of professional and personal values make me feel happy, fulfilled, and balanced.
In the end, all we have are these little values to help guide our choices, happiness, and future.
"Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values."
So, what do you value?