Module 1: planning for learning at work: learner's workbook

4.1 Identifying your values

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If learning is to be more than just collecting new information, then you must involve yourself completely in your learning experiences. Unfortunately, too many training programs still operate from the assumption that the learner can somehow separate personal development from professional development. So you end up getting a great deal of information about project management or budgeting, but little help with stress and time management. True learning involves looking at every aspect of our lives, not just what's in our heads.

The following activity encourages you to reflect on your intrinsic values and aspirations.

Task - writing exercise

Rate the following values and conditions according to your personal values and aspirations.
  • High - values/conditions that are core to who you are
  • Medium - desirable but not critical to your functioning
  • Low - of little intrinsic importance to you

Value or situation

  • Status
  • Recognition
  • AdvancementPhysical health
  • Psychological health
  • Strong family/personal relationships
  • Peace of mind
  • Freedom
  • Autonomy
  • Belonging
  • Security
  • Predictability
  • Harmonious relationships
  • Cooperation
  • Loyalty
  • Caring
  • Helping the disadvantaged
  • Equal opportunity for all
  • Meaning
  • Purpose
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Risk-taking
  • Adventure
  • Fun
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Responsibility
  • Satisfaction
  • Self-confidenceTop of page
Review the list and identify eight values or conditions that are important to you.

Question - Are you able to live by these values in your present position?

Question - To what extent?

Question - What sort of position would allow you to attain your key values/conditions?

Question - What implications do you think your identified values/conditions will have for your professional development?