The Three Types of Values Students Should Explore

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Part of preparing students to be self-reliant and successful means helping them find a space where they “fit in”. The process of finding this space includes helping them discover what is important to them and what their values are. When students understand their values, they are driven, focused, and able to live authentic, happy lives.

In the Winning Futures program, we teach students that their values matter. There are three types of values they explore in order to create a strategy for success. The three types of values we encourage students to explore are:
• Character Values
• Work Values
• Personal Values

Knowing what is important to them will help them find success in their personal and professional lives.
1. Character Values
Character values are the universal values that you need to exist as a good human being. They are also the core characteristics that employers look for when hiring. Examples of character values include: commitment, loyalty, positive attitude, and respect.
2. Work Values
Work values are values that help you find what you want in a job and give you job satisfaction. It is especially important to understand what your work values are in order to thrive professionally. Examples of work values are: hands-on, public contact, prestige, and stability.
3. Personal Values
Personal values are values that help you define what you want out of life and will assist you in being happy and fulfilled. They are the guiding principles of your life. Examples of personal values are: family life, popularity, health, and appearance.

Allowing students the opportunity to explore their values is essential when assisting them in setting goals. When students understand what their values are, they are able to determine what drives them. It helps them gain clarity about what they really want. Exploring character values, work values, and personal values helps students find the place where they will “fit in” and be most successful.