• Maths and physics were always Cooper’s favourite subjects at school. He has always enjoyed being very creative and has a natural curiosity about how things work. He also loves working with his hands to build things. Cooper grew up restoring old cars with his dad and older brothers and thought it would be exciting to be in a career that is at the forefront of developing new technologies. His interests influenced his decision to study Mechanical Engineering at university.
  • Jenna would like to find work that would enable her to be in contact with the public, have a lot of variety and where she could use her creativity. She has recently resigned from her graduate job as she felt that it clashed with her key values. Her graduate position at a large bank involved a lot of data entry, sitting at her desk for long periods of time with little interaction with other staff or customers. She is now applying for roles that are more aligned with her values.

These case studies will assist students to see how values have influenced individuals’ career and study choices and what they see as important in their work life.

Her graduate position at a large bank involved a lot of data entry, sitting at her desk for long periods of time with little interaction with other staff or customers. She is now applying for roles that are more aligned with her values.

  • Article about Steve Jobs – Reading this article may give students a sense of Steve Job’s personal values and Apple’s values. There is also a brief video that students may watch Steve Jobs video– Steve Jobs briefly talks about his core values and how they are non-negotiable in his work. He refers to his love of having a positive impact on peoples’ lives. A quote that is frequently attributed to Steve Jobs is “we’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here”
  • Article - Values expressed as personal mission statements

 

“Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury - to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.”

Albert Einstein