This Action Guide will help you identify your core values and begin to prioritize what is most important to you.
Values refer to your priorities for your life and career – in other words, what is most important to you. Some common values include prestige, money, achievement, recognition, creativity, and autonomy. Many students are unaware of their core values; others experience a situation in which their core values are not aligned with their career path (i.e. a person values money and compensation but is drawn to a career in a lower-paying industry). Being aware of your core values may help you identify your goals and prioritize how you spend your time.
- Go to Career Values Card Sort. Read each of the Values cards and sort them into one of the 3 columns, based on how important that value is to you in your work and life.
- Once you have sorted all the values, look only at the values in your "Most Important" column. Write your Top 5 "Most Important" values below.
- Looking at the values from the "Somewhat Important" column, narrow the list down to your top 5 values within that column. Write your "Top 5 Somewhat Important Values" below.
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SA4: Identifying Values