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What Matters to Me Survey

This activity allows students to evaluate their preferences and values as they begin to consider how "who they are" can and should affect their future career paths.

Suggested Grade Level

Grade

9

Approximate Time Needed

Minutes

30

Resources

Instructions

By completing this questionnaire, also known as a survey, you will learn more about yourselves and what you value.  Of course, you already know a lot about what matters to you right now, based on the experiences you’ve already had, but sometimes it can be difficult for people—even adults—to identify all of the specific things they value.

Remember that this is not a test. There are no right or wrong answers. This is just a tool to help you think about what matters most to you.

Read each statement in the boxes below. Think about whether or not each statement sounds like you—how you think or feel about things.

If the statement is true, write “T” on the line next to it.

If the statement is false, write “F” on the line.

If the statement is sometimes true and sometimes false, leave the line blank.

At the bottom of each box, write down how many T’s you have.

Teacher Notes

Tell students that they will learn more about themselves and what they value as they complete the volunteer experience; however, of course students already know a lot about what matters to them right now, based on the experiences they have already had. But it sometimes can be difficult for people—even adults—to identify all of the specific things that they value.

Explain that students are going to complete a questionnaire, also known as a survey, an assessment tool that will help them identify some of the qualities or experiences that matter to them. They may not have tried to do this before, and it is different from identifying people or possessions that they value. Let students know that many of the questions may ask them to picture themselves in the future and how they might like their lives to be as adults.

Reassure students that this is not a test and that there are no right or wrong answers. This is a tool to help them start thinking about this topic.

Assessment Notes

Completion of worksheet

Return to Career Readiness
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