Knowing and understanding what's important to you about life/work will help you to choose an occupation and a work environment that matches your values. In reality, you probably participate in work, volunteering and life activities for a number of reasons and it's good to identify those reasons and understand their importance. In exploring this you may discover which career values are most important to you.
Most people are happy doing things that allow them to live according to their values. Values can also be defined as the key motivators that drive or define our actions and can vary greatly among individuals.
When picturing your future career think about the importance of values such as job security, salary, helping people, flexibility, creativity, variety, work hours, independence, achievement, status, ethics, social interaction, work environment, leadership/management, etc. Though salary is an important consideration you will want to ensure your career path is in line with your strongest values since it most often determines job satisfaction. And as the saying goes, "when you love what you do you'll never work a day in your life." Prioritizing, not only identifying your values, can help you to compare or evaluate occupations later.
Strategies for identifying your career values:
Values Assessments: (External Resources)