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Values are intangible standards or principles which give meaning to our lives. Most people see their values clearly and express them easily. There is little confusion or question about where these people stand.
But others are unable to express a clear set of values, either because their values are in flux or because they are no longer sure about them. This is true especially of people who are undergoing a period of transition, as you will be soon. On the other hand, you may be so sure about your values and so committed to them that you need to build your work around them; any other work may lead to frustration and tension. Bear this in mind as you adjust to life after graduation.
A review of your values will tell you what jobs will give you a sense of pride.
It is always comforting to be clear about your values, and to express them to others with assurance and firmness. But - most important of all - your actions must be consistent with your words. If you profess a commitment to honesty and integrity, you must not misstate a fact, or you will be seen as unreliable and dishonest. If you espouse hard work, you must not be seen on the golf course everyday. If you preach frugality, you should not ask for or accept excessive pay or favors. If you espouse peace, you should not support war. If you espouse war, you should be willing to serve.
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