Knowing your values are extremely important in life, and immensely significant when thinking about a career move or starting a business. We all have values but often times don’t take the time to sit down and really evaluate how those values relate to our careers. When I was a young college student, I switched majors at least 5 times; I thought I wanted to be everything from a high school history teacher to a U.S Senator. Obviously, my career path led me on a different journey (Thank God). If I had assessed my values (which are helping others, growth, and spending time with my family) I would have never started college as a mechanical engineering major. I simply chose engineering because I love cars, and thought that engineers made a lot of money. Once I matured and figured out my values, I learned that I loved helping others, enjoyed teaching, and that many of the professionals in the majors I had chosen spent a lot of time away from their families—something I was unwilling to do. Much of the perplexity could have been avoided if I had taken the time to do a self-assessment, or even a career assessment with a professional career counselor. I am happy in the field where I ended up, but I could have saved a lot of time and money. If you need assistance with self-assessments or career assessments please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.