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  • 1. Your Values and Career Career Counseling Lecture Series By Syed Asghar Husain [email_address]
  • 2. Do you like what you are Good at?
    • One of the greatest misfortunes in life is to be good at something you don’t like.
    • You may be proficient in mathematics, but you may hate it.
    • You may be a competent HR or Service Manager, busy interacting with people every minute of the day, but actually you love a life of solitude and contemplation.
  • 3. Values
    • It is important to distinguish between what you are good at (skills, proficiency, competence) and what you like (values) and what you want to do in your life (interests)
    • Exams, psychometric, IQ, EQ, Aptitude tests etc will tell you what you are good at.
    • Your values will tell you what you like.
  • 4. Orientation in life
    • If you want to enjoy harmony in work-life balance, your choice of career should revolve around your orientation in life, which comprises four factors: -
    • Skills
    • Interests
    • Personality
    • Values
  • 5. Values, Interests, Personality and Skills
    • Values:
    • Things that are important to you, like achievements, status, money, freedom, honesty.
    • Interests:
    • What you enjoy doing, like reading, eating good food, movies, travel, hanging out with friends.
    • Personality:
    • Your individual traits, motivational drives, temperament, attitudes, physical attributes
    • Skills:
    • Activities you are good at, proficiency, competence, expertise, acumen, talent.
  • 6. Values
    • Values are core benefits which guide and motivate attitudes and behaviour.
    • When you value something you want it or want it to happen.
    • Values are relatively permanent desires.
    • Values are answers to the ‘why’ question.
  • 7. Values – Subjective Reactions
    • Values are our subjective reactions to the world around us.
    • They guide and mould our options and behaviour. Values are developed early in life and are very resistant to change and are permanent in nature.
    • Values develop out of our direct experiences with people who are important to us, particularly our parents, early teachers.
    • Values evolves within us not out of what people tell us, but as a result how people behave toward us and others.
  • 8. Values are holistic in nature
    • There cannot be any ‘partial’ values.
    • For example:
    • You cannot be 50% honest (half-honest) – either you are honest or not honest!
  • 9. Discover your values!
    • You keep asking ‘why’ questions until you reach a point where you no longer want something for the sake of something else.
    • At this point you have arrived at your value.
  • 10. Discovering values!
    • Why are you doing a particular degree? (such as MBA, BBA)
    • To gain qualification.
    • Why do you want to gain qualification?
    • To succeed in your career
    • Why do you want to succeed in your career?
    • To reach the top
  • 11. Values - ‘why’ questions
    • Why do you want to reach the top?
    • To get power
    • Why do you want power?
    • To control people
    • Why do you want to control people?
    • I want to control people
    • Why?
  • 12. Values Discovered!!
    • I like to control people
    • Why?
    • Just for the sake of it – I like controlling people
    • Further why’s elicited similar responses related to control
    • Control for the sake of controlling that’s when you discover your values!
  • 13. Arriving at Values
    • I realized that control was one of his values and maybe he was a future megalomaniac or control freak in the making!
    • The same line of questioning of persons undergoing higher education may reveal values like knowledge, money, status, standard of living, ambition, achievement, growth, reputation, excellence, fame.
  • 14. Some more career values
    • Why are you doing IT?
    • The ‘Scope’ in IT is bright.
    • ‘Scope’?
    • In IT you get the best paying jobs.
    • Why do you want more money?
    • To have a higher standard of living.
    • Value: Standard of Living
  • 15. Ask Yourself
    • Is a high salary important to you? [Money]
    • Is it important for your work to involve with people? [Social]
    • Is it important to your work to make a contribution to society? [Altruistic]
    • Is having a prestigious job important to you? [Status]
    • Quality of Life or Standard of Life?
  • 16. Ask Yourself
    • Do you want to get married?
    • Why?
    • Keep on asking why? Why? Why?...till you discover your value.
    • Love, Companionship, Security, Conformance [Because everyone gets married], Compliance [I obey my parents]
  • 17. Mismatch in Values
    • It is most important for you to find out your own values (by the ‘why’ method) to avoid ‘value-mismatch’
    • Value-mismatch is at the root cause of dilemmas in your life.
    • Even when you form a team you must lookout for signs of value- mismatch.
  • 18. Conflict in Values
    • A conflict between your personal and organizational values may result in ethical dilemmas at the workplace, while values mismatch between two persons may sow discord and cause stress and turbulence in a relationship.
    • Your values are possibly the most important thing to consider when you’re choosing a workplace or a team member.
  • 19. Values and Careers
    • If you don’t take your values into account when planning your career, there is a good chance you will dislike your work and therefore not enjoy it.
    • For example, someone who needs to have autonomy (freedom) in his work would not be happy in a job where every action is decided by someone else.
  • 20. First know yourself. Then know others.
    • Please sit down in a quiet place all by yourself, introspect, ask yourself the ‘why’ question and find out your own values.
    • Try to ascertain others’ values (personal values and organizational values too!).
    • The extent of mutual harmony in your values should determine your choice of workplace, career, relationships, friends and partner.
  • 21. APTITUDE and ATTITUDE
    • SKILLS [Proficiency, Competence, Intelligent, Talent] govern APTITUDE.
    • VALUES, INTERESTS and PERSONALITY determine ATTITUDE.
  • 22. Workplace vs Career
    • Distinguish between WORKPLACE and CAREER ATTRIBUTES [Type of work]
    • Workplace – IT Firm XXX
    • Career – HR Manager, Software Engineer, Project Manager, Analyst, Quality Auditor, Marketing, Business Development, Team
  • 23. Values and Career Orientation
    • Your values are the most important and critical aspect of your career orientation.
    • If you want to enhance certain skills, you can work on it. Similarly, you can change your interests, devoting time to those interests you would like to create, acquire or strengthen, you can develop your personality, but you cannot change your values.
  • 24. Values are permanent
    • Skills can be learned, interest can be developed, personality can be changed but values are intrinsic.
    • It is very difficult to change your core values.
    • You may compromise your values, but you cannot change them.
  • 25. Job Satisfaction
    • If you choose a career that enables you achieve success facilitating optimal utilization of your best skills, doing the kinds of work that relate to your favourite interests, blending with your personality, and in consonance with your core values, you will derive total job satisfaction in life!
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