C is for Core Values in Your Career

C is for Core Values in Your Career

Core values shape almost every aspect of our lives, and our careers are no different. But having a career that aligns with your core values can be difficult to come across. Having your core values locked in can help you to choose your career wisely, make better decisions while at work, and achieve your goals.

What are Core Values?

Core values are deeply rooted beliefs that guide a person’s actions. These principles are important to the core of our being. They can help us to figure out what is right from wrong and how we interact with others and the world around us. 

How do I find my Core values?

Going inward to find your core beliefs can be trickier than it seems. Especially when you want your core values to reflect you both personally and professionally, there is a lot to think about. While separating those two aspects of your life is important, many times these beliefs overlap. 

First, think about how you would like to be perceived by others. Or, ask others how they feel when they are around you. Then, about how you can connect to the way you want to be seen. If you want to be a leader, what does that mean to you? If being creative is how you want to be seen, what can you do to cultivate that? And once you have this figured out, practice it daily!

How do I use my Core Values in my career?

Once you know what your values are, you can begin to use them at work. If you want to be more assertive, practice speaking up at least 1-2 more times than usual in meetings. If accountability is important, focus on letting your ego go and taking ownership for your actions. These practices can be uncomfortable at first. Learning how to turn your beliefs into a daily practice takes time.

Being a thoughtful and present team player can be difficult  to achieve within the workplace. But discovering your core values can help you to make better decisions that better align with your beliefs. And, if you have found yourself in a job where the company or people regularly clash with these beliefs, these values can help you to be strong and move where you are a better fit.


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