After recently attending an executive coaching session in which our second-year full-time MBA students were asked to create a value chart in order of priority for family, work, community and self, the emphasis placed on “values” got me thinking. While a large proportion of the current professional population has been affected in some way by the arduous job market, how important are values to job seekers?
At a MBA Career Services and Employers Alliance student-lead panel, full-time MBA students from St. Thomas and the U of M cited various items they consider prior to accepting a job offer. Of those, professional advancement, opportunity to learn and be challenged as well as sharing the same values rated much higher than a competitive salary. There are a few things any job seeker should think about before accepting a position (or even applying for one).