What Do You Value?

By: Amber McCraw, Career Advising Fellow

As advisors and counselors, we consistently educate students on how to prepare for interviews and present their best self. Sometimes though, we forget to remind them that interviews serve two purposes: the company is looking for the right employee, but the candidate should also interview the employer to decide if the fit is right for them as well.

So, how do we determine if the fit is right?

Well, it is a combination of factors, one of those being work values.

Richard Morrill says, “Values can be defined as standards and patterns of choice that guide persons and groups toward satisfaction, fulfillment, and meaning.”  Through the job search process, we want to find a company, position, and environment that align with our values, so that we may be satisfied at work.  This process and the things people value varies from person to person.

Personally, over the last couple of weeks, I have learned that I truly value working in an environment with supportive and understanding colleagues.  Having been out of work for almost a week while I was sick, my colleagues did not hesitate to cover my presentations, take my appointments, and reschedule meetings.  I was given ample time to recover and never felt like I was inconveniencing anyone.  If I were working with colleagues who were not as supportive, I can assure you I would not be as satisfied, nor would I be as productive because I would not be my best self without the recovery and rest time.

Other people may value things such as job security, autonomy, leisure time, compensation, or recognition.  The list goes on and on. Regardless of what you value, it is important that you take some time to explore what you value in a work setting and search for a company and position that aligns with those values.  Unsure of where to start?  Check out MyPlan on our website and utilize the values assessment.

What do you value most?

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About Amber Moser

Amber Moser serves as a the Assistant Director of Career Services for the School of Communications. Previously, she served as a Career Advising fellow for the 2014-2015 academic year. Before arriving at Elon, she earned an M. Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia where she worked in Residence Life. Prior to UGA, Amber attended NC State, leaving with a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Psychology. As an advisor, she works with students in the School of Communications to help them set and reach their career goals. This includes working with students to update their resumes, practice their interviewing skills, develop their professional brand via LinkedIn, and provide them with resources for the internship and job search.

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