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Transcript of Strengths
1. (Just) what we're good at
2. Best evaluated by others
Goals & Objectives
Growing Your Strengths
Knowledge: factual or experiential
Skill: ability to perform
Practice: time, effort, repetition
A Strengths-based Approach to
Career and Personal Development
Playing to Your Strengths
1. To understand and articulate strengths
2. To examine how strengths have been used in previous or current roles
3. To create a specific plan of how to use and hone strengths in the future
*Think of at least two activities from last week (in the classroom, as part of a club, organization, internship, or at work) that made you feel this way.
1. Think of one of the most meaningful and/or important jobs, leadership roles, volunteer positions, OR classroom experiences you've had.
2. Describe 1-3 outcomes you achieved in this role.
3. How did your strengths help you achieve these outcomes?
Creating an Action Plan
1. Choose one strength on which to focus.
2. What are three SPECIFIC things you can leave
here today and do or think about that will
help you hone that strength?
Strengths & Outcomes
1. Activities that you have a yearning for, that you look forward to.
2. Activities that make you feel inquisitive and lost in the moment.
3. Activities that leave you feeling rejuvenated rather than depleted, and make you feel strong
Naturally recurring patterns of thought,
feeling, and behavior
"Instead of asking adolescents what they want to be when they grow up, a better question would be, what would be fun and helpful to try next?"- John Krumboltz
1. 300+ clubs on campus
2. Faculty Research
4. Job Shadow/Informational Interviews
5. Student Life & Leadership and ASI
6. College Ambassadors
Playing to my Strengths
Explore the Possibilities
Talent vs. Strength
Talent x Investment = Strength
People who are successful...
Know and build on their strengths
Apply their talents and PRACTICE
Capitalize on their uniqueness
Create their own opportunities
Invent ways to apply their strengths
: Explore new learning opportunities
: Continue trying even when you run into setbacks
: Be open to changing attitudes and situations
: See new opportunities as being possible and
: Don’t be afraid to do something even when
you’re not sure how or if it will turn out
5 Skills of Planned Happenstance
Planning is everything
Everything is in your control
Push toward certainty in knowing what you want to do and how to get there, i.e. Not okay to be unsure
Asking questions to be able to do something
Knowing your interests, skills, and values guarantees a match with the “right” career
and that it will happen
Planning is one element of career development
Recognizing that chance events play a role in career planning
Advantages of open-mindedness...
Do “not be bound by a plan that may be obsolete before it is
formulated”. (Mitchell, Levin, & Krumboltz, 1999, p. 117)
Being curious and to ask “what would happen if...” questions
Asking questions just to know something...
Knowing your interests, skills, and values is an important
element in having success in creating your own
opportunities in a career path that fits