The entire point of these exercises is to ensure students engage in reflective thinking about who they are, where they are going, and why. To continuously think about what happens if you compromise your values or don’t develop skills. Part of completing the program requires students to think back and compare/review progress so we strongly recommend you complete these activities.
The following section concentrates on virtues/personal attributes. Who you are, or what attributes make you who you are, also plays an important part in life decision-making.
Introduction to virtues (or attributes)
Personal attributes or virtues are characteristics that make you unique, like personality traits. It’s important to understand what your attributes are when considering work options, so that at minimum, you can be yourself and be more appreciated for it in the workplace (see Manitoba, 2017). This is about finding the right fit for you and your job/s.
“A personal attribute is a characteristic or quality that you have.” (Manitoba, 2017, p. 15)
There are other practice and portfolio modules as the associate degree progresses that allow you to further explore your personality, and characteristics and other aspects of your identity. For the moment, however, we have started by including some learning activities designed to enable you to begin exploring your personal attributes and thinking about them generally.
The Career Development Manitoba Manual (sourced 2017) contains various activities around identifying skills, values, and attributes and for goal planning. One such exercise relevant to understanding your personal qualities is on page 15. Please see below a slightly modified version.