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12 top tips on planning
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What’s most important to you in your work?: Knowing what’s most important to you is the key to planning your career successfully. If you’re like most people, you’ll change careers a few times, and might even be running 2 or 3 at the same time.  How successful you’ll be will be down to the amount of planning and preparation you’ve done. Read more

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What’s most important to you in your work?


Knowing what’s most important to you is the key to planning your career successfully.

If you’re like most people, you’ll change careers a few times, and might even be running 2 or 3 at the same time.  How successful you’ll be will be down to the amount of planning and preparation you’ve done.


To find out what’s most important to you in your work you first have to find out your values. Your values can be fitted to thousands of great jobs, but if you don’t know or can’t express what you’re looking for you’re going to be stuck about how to start.  


Take a look at this chart It poses the question what’s most important to me in my work.   Choose your top 5 in order – number 1 being the MOST important.  There are no wrong answers and feel free to add any words of your own.


Now you have a list of your values. Look at each one individually and ask yourself what has to happen for me to feel I have that in my work.   Everyone’s definition of these values will be different and there’s no wrong answers just a clearer picture of the beliefs behind your values.


Once you have this knowledge you can start your job search. When researching companies always look at their values and see if they resonate with yours.


Now when an interviewer asks you what’s most important to you in your work, or what are you looking for you’ll be able to use a mix of your values and beliefs to answer truthfully and confidently.


“What’s most important to me is success and the chance to make a difference. I would really enjoy being part of a dynamic team in an informal environment where I can use everything I have learned to add something valuable to any project I’m involved in. I read on your website that one of your values is growth and that is also really important to me as I am keen to continue learning as much as I can”.

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