Work Values

Work Values

In Winning Futures, students learn that being informed about what motivates them will help them find a career that is satisfying. Research indicates that people who choose careers that support their “work values” are generally more satisfied with their jobs. Some people find value in creativity, while others place a premium on salary or social contribution.

Work-related values underlie our choices about careers and provide job satisfaction. Discussing and discovering values with our students will help them explore careers and work environments that are the best for them.

In this lesson:

* Students will understand the link between values and behavior in the workplace.

* Students will learn how to identify personal “work” values and how they play a role in career exploration.

Mentors are instructed to take some time with their mentees on their workbook page. Mentors read each item aloud and have each student rate it 1 through 3 as instructed in their workbook page. Mentors, with help from Winning Futures program staff, try to keep students from rushing through it so they really consider how important each work value is. Along the way, mentors make sure they identify some of the work values that helped them pick their own career and then share them with their mentees.

After completing the workbook page, mentors work with their team to think about jobs their students are considering and see if they match their top work values. They then brainstorm as a team to come up with jobs that match each student’s top work values.

Work-related values underlie our choices about work and provide job satisfaction. Discussing and discovering values with the students will help them explore careers and work environments that are the best for them.