Everyone works. We work to earn, produce, create, and provide. As you move into and through adulthood, you will learn that your work can and should be more than just something you do to make money to support you and your loved ones. It’s about how you contribute values and value to others and to society as a whole. Again, think about these terms as values (ideas and beliefs about what is good and right) and value (necessary and desirable things that you can give and receive that will improve the lives of others).

Working is about answering the question: “Whose am I?” Working well is about building around us a supportive network of people for and with whom our sense of belonging, potential, and propensity to do that which is good and right in our lives might find a meaningful home. Working, therefore, is about the discovery of commitment that helps us to connect “Our Purpose”, “Our People”, “Our Place” and “Our Practice” through vocation and diligence and to meet the expectation to "Find our calling".



In this way, working calls you to think about “to whom” and “for what” you will contribute yourself and your work – how you will connect people, place and purpose in your practice through your planning, social purpose and career development. This is what we mean when we say that your work is about your vocation – how you find your calling within the supportive network of people for and with whom your sense of belonging, fulfillment of potential and propensity to do good and right can come together. You use commitment and diligence to answer the question “Whose am I?”


When you work, you can engage with specific values that help you to contribute to the formation of society and "how society's creation and distribution benefits its members:

  • Cause: Dedicating your activity to a compelling social rationale, a reason “Why?” for your beliefs, aspirations, and actions
  • Thriving: Understanding the nature of character, competency and wellness and their related graduate outcomes in a fit for purpose lifelong journey of learning
  • Alignment: Discerning the need for meeting external expectations through your own actions
  • Contribution: Encouraging service to others as the ultimate goal of a culture that can sustain us and moves us forward into our preferred future
  • Legacy: Ensuring that social progress is nurtured and sustained beyond your immediate presence

As you move forward on The Pathway to Excellence, you will find that engaging in meaningful work and making connections with your peers will be easier when you commit to values of social purpose such as these. You can use them to share and consciously discuss your experiences of work. You can actively help others understand what it is like for you to move in the direction you need to go while being on The Pathway to Excellence.

It’s important, therefore, for you to figure out an appropriate level of engagement with these values of social purpose for yourself and to use them to connect your work to the story of your own character development. It’s also appropriate and useful for you to have high expectations for the values that inform your work. As a result, it’s important to not see work and life as opposing forces that must be balanced, but rather as a means of expressing your character and directing your competencies towards your purpose.

Therefore, although it’s important for each of us to be able to earn a living, your work is more than just a set of transactions, an exchange of effort and energy for money. Your work can help to achieve a wider goal of changing yourself and others for the better. You can contribute to the transformation of people so that they will thrive in their world, and so that they might become the best versions of themselves. Working, therefore, is more than just doing a job. It is a way to discover who you are as a person and help other people to do the same to validate the passport of your success as a Future Builder, Continuous Learner and Unlearner, and Solution Architect.

“Work is love made visible.”

Kahlil Gibran



As you work you need to be confident that you are doing a good job. To achieve this effectively, you will need to create a mental model of what high performance looks like for you. You must improve your ability to collect, monitor, and evaluate data on this progress. Intuition and gut instinct have a place, but they must be balanced by other people's perspectives, as well as the current situation of what you've done, what you're doing, and what you might do next.

You must also determine when it is appropriate to continue to grow in your current position and when it is time to move on to the next opportunity. For some, this is the result of restlessness, while others may require assistance in recognising that talent is best utilised somewhere else.

As you move from job to job, therefore, it will be important to remember that every job needs to help you to experience success on your way and help you contribute to the success of others. If you can give and keep your word, and put your values into action through your work, you will feel part of something that's bigger than yourself. Your sense of purpose and community will be validated. You will gain a stronger sense of belonging that progresses while you grow and serve others. You will begin to realise your own potential and meet the expectations of other people while doing what is good and right.


The work you undertake throughout your life must be suited to your individual needs and circumstances, as well as meeting the expectations of others. When your work has meaning, you can invest yourself and your love for others into it. You can transform a job into a vocation, therefore, by thinking about your contribution, by putting your social purpose into action, and by honouring the needs of others.


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Our social purpose is the fundamental reason we have for the way we live our lives. It always exists in relationship to those around us because it gives us the ability to craft and realise over time an honourable rationale for development of the civic character of belonging, the performance character of fulfilling our potential, and the moral character of doing what is good and right: how we might give of ourselves for the benefit of others...


Career development is how we bring meaning to the work we do by preparing and connecting the steps we take on The Pathway To Excellence. Our jobs, experience, and learning all help us to develop the character and competencies we need to thrive in our world. How we assemble the scope and sequence of what we do and the opportunities that are presented is all part of the process. We need to ensure that what we do forms a coherent narrative that aligns with who we are now and who we are becoming...



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We all want to feel heard. We all want to feel seen. We all want to feel valued. Our standing within our community, and the perception others have of us, play a central role in how we feel about ourselves. If we are people of good character, individuals of integrity who are genuinely interested in the success and wellness of others, then in our being and becoming, we are more likely to receive social recognition for how we learn, live, lead, and work. We need to work through the best way to gain appropriate social recognition...



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