The main reason for exploring values is to help the client gain clarity about what is really working for them in their lives as well as their careers. Oftentimes people act against their own values without really observing that this is what they are doing. When it comes to careers, this can happen when someone wants to achieve a high level at work but at the same time really values having dinner with their family at night. Even when the level at work is achieved, there is a sense of something missing. It is a set up for never really feeling satisfied and perhaps not understanding why.
I met two different people within the last 2 years who made a dramatic shift (from financial analyst with an MBA who became an audiologist and a lawyer who became a banker) because their original career did not fit with their values.
There are two primary assessments that I use for this. One is meant to be done quickly and gives a quick overview of the clients rating of about 30 values and how the client is living the values that score the highest. The second assessment is more time consuming and consists of a series of exercises that continue to narrow down the clients most important values until the client ends up with four or five core values. It then becomes easier for the client to make decisions in their lives that fit with what is important to them.