The level of overall job satisfaction has been trending downward in the past four years (SHRM). It is said that this downfall is due to lack of preparation in finding values, strengths, and passions. Many people fail to find a position that fulfills their personal, financial, and social needs. It is important for people to be satisfied with their jobs, because work is a key part of a person’s life. Tools that assess a person’s hobbies, values and strengths can be useful when thinking about decisions for the future.
A career interest snapshot closes in on what type of work people would be good at based on their traits from the results. A person who has a “realistic” feature enjoys functioning with practical, hands on solutions (WisCareers ePortfolio). By knowing these aptitudes, it is easier for students to individualize an occupation. For example, someone who has a “social” trait and enjoys communicating with and teaching others may be interested in becoming a teacher or a counselor. Not many people today are satisfied with their jobs.
After taking this evaluation, students can be linked to jobs that involve doing things that they already love to do. Apple Company CEO Steve Jobs, in his commencement speech to Stanford University in 2005 said: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work…” (Silverman). This assessment helps people become better aware of their career interests in order to find a job they will succeed at.
Not only should people be aware of their passions, it is also important to know their personality and how they work with others. In addition to the career interest snapshot, the “What Type Am I? ” evaluation is another perspicuous tool to appraise an individual’s personality. This identity analysis will help “evaluate how you take in information, make decisions, and manage your life” (Baron, Back Cover). This assessment can epiphanically tell you things about yourself that you knew, but were never able to fathom.
For instance, an individual may be questioned about their lack of affection towards others, but later find out that their “type” suggests that they can be reserved and aloof. They may have always wondered why they were like this and it suddenly makes sense to them in hindsight. This information about each type can be found under a person’s four letter code that they get after taking the evaluation. Each code has traits, work habits, and suggestions about that specific type. As a result of the assessment, a person’s actions and habits may make more sense.
Another useful component of this evaluation is the ability that they have to improve themselves with specific suggestions based on their character type. The descriptions for each type give the reader insight on how to improve their interactions with people that have different traits. Now that a person has discovered what type they are and how to control his or her actions, the next step is finding what affects their decision making. “Your values are the lenses through which you view yourself and your world” (Crace and Brown 2).
The “life values inventory” pinpoints a person’s three dominant values by asking how strongly their behavior supports a specific principle. Each value represents a style of priorities that a person has for themselves. For example, a person with the value of health and activity finds it important to eat right and be physically active. Since decisions are based on a person’s priorities, these values can be used as a roadmap for decision-making in the future. They can become aware of what options would be best for themselves and recognize what options will not be the best idea.
In other words, a person with a creative value may be open to making decisions that involve taking risks but wouldn’t necessarily think it is important to base their ideas off of popular belief. This can be relevant when considering an individual’s career path. It is vital that a person becomes aware of their values to find a suitable job for themselves. The results of the “life values inventory” can motivate people towards their goals. The individual will be able to embrace their values and integrate them into their everyday accomplishments.
Finding a passion is not as easy as people may think. It could take years for a person to decipher the best fit job for themselves. Although, simply after taking a few assessments, some people can get ideas about an occupation. For instance, the results in from the career interest snapshot, the “What type am I? ” evaluation, and the Life Values Inventory, portrayed earlier on, strongly supports that the person would likely succeed at becoming an engineer. Even if an individual cannot depict a career it immensely helps to become aware of their values and set goals accordingly.
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