Relationship – Support
Good relationships are founded on mutual respect, trust, honesty, and common interests or goals. Partners in a good relationship are supportive of each other. Friendship is highly valued, you’ll want to find opportunities where collaboration and cooperation are important, where your interests or goals coincide and where and honesty and transparency are the norms. You might also look for opportunities that allow you to help or support others. When you’re evaluating prospective programs or occupations, keep in mind the kinds of values, interests, behaviors, etc., that are important to you and try to ensure that anything you consider will align with.
Support can come in many forms. Emotional and moral support can help us work through difficult times or difficult decisions. Training, education, job-shadowing and mentoring are forms of support that can give us additional experience or knowledge. Support can also come in the form of a physical resource such as computer software or hardware, state of the art equipment, a lunchroom or even a slide in the office. When we’re at work, having the support of our manager could also be something we value. If support is something you highly value, look for opportunities and environments that are known to provide the types of support that are important to you and remember that support is always something you can ask for.