Shape your identity

When making plans for the future, it helps to know the kind of person you are—your strengths, skills and values and how these can help guide your career path.

Developing a sense of who self and your core beliefs and values can help when considering your future goals, plans, and life decisions.

Your sense of self changes over time and is influenced by a variety of things including whānau, peers, friends, education and the media.

Understanding who you are

Thinking of yourself without any labels can help you to understand who you are. These labels include things like ‘uni student’, ‘brother’, ‘sister’, and ‘partner’. Giving thought to the following questions can help give you a deeper understanding of who you are:

  • Who am I when I take away these labels?
  • How does where I come from influence who I am today?
  • Who and what do I relate to?
  • What are my strengths and skills?
  • What do I believe in?
  • What are my values?

Values and beliefs are important as they determine actions that we take. Developing and understanding your core beliefs and values is important for making life decisions and ensuring the actions you choose to take are aligned with who you are.

Explore your values and beliefs using the 'what has shaped who you are?' guide.

Speak to someone

Mauri Ora—Health and Counselling

Monday to Friday, 8.30 am–5.00 pm
Level 1, Student Union Building, Kelburn campus

Making good decision making requires a bit of homework. Make sure you find out as much information as you can about all the potential choices, then make a decision.