Tools for Assessing Your Next Career Move

Are you happy at work? If not, you are probably not surprised at all by a recent Right Management survey of Canadian and American workers.

Values-Based Career Decisions

Deciding on a new career can be a daunting task. I have found a values-based approach works best when coaching my clients. 

Value Based Approach to Career Coachings

One element of career coaching is to focus on the core values that drive a person’s decisions.

Tools for Assessing Your Next Career Move

Catherine Mossop,

Are you happy at work? If not, you are probably not surprised at all by a recent Right Management survey of Canadian and American workers. Less than one-fifth of employees reported being satisfied with their jobs. While some of this is monetary – we would all appreciate a bigger paycheck and more benefits – much of our dissatisfaction may be that we are in jobs that do not align with our values. Perhaps we are unsure where to move next in order to create more happiness and fulfillment. A number of years ago, I created a values assessment tool to help look at this and help individuals determine where they want to go, and how they can get there.

Values-Based Career Decisions

Catherine Mossop,

Deciding on a new career can be a daunting task. I have found a values-based approach works best when coaching my clients. Attitudes, beliefs, and needs are all important manifestations of our own underlying core values, yet we can be behaving and acting in ways that are adaptations to others values and expectations. As long as there is alignment between our values and the values of the organization (team, department, career focus), we will feel satisfaction, connected and committed. When we are out of alignment, we will feel like there is something amiss and that may show up to us in various forms of stress, disillusionment, unhappiness, or simply feeling out of balance.

Value Based Approach to Career Coaching

Catherine Mossop,

One element of career coaching is to focus on the core values that drive a person’s decisions.

Where does one start? Start with the core question – What is important to you? That’s a harder question to answer than it seems. To find answers, you have to drill down past your needs, beliefs, and attitudes and dig deeper into the value set that forms the foundation of your needs and all the behaviours and strategies you develop to meet your needs. A skilled career coach and mentor can help you discover your values and then build effective strategies to be aligned with your values. Effective strategies may incorporate the types of skills and capabilities you develop, the level of expertise you choose to develop, the type of work you may wish to do and the type of organization (and people) that will be a “better fit” for you.