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Choosing a major/career with your strengths

Choosing a satisfying career is all about the right fit.  Finding out more about yourself (who you are) is one part and finding out more about the world of work (what to do) is the other.  Once you know your “Top 5 Themes of Talent” , they are pieces of the puzzle, along with your interests and values.

According to the StrengthsQuest book by Donald Clifton Ph.D., Edward “Chip” Anderson Ph.D.,  and Laurie Schreiner Ph.D., asking yourself questions about your greatest successes will give you clues to the right career for you.  To help you think about your successes, they suggest answering these three questions about your greatest triumphs:

  1.  What has been your most successful experience in an employment, service or volunteer work setting?
  2. What has been your most successful experience in an academic, learning or athletic setting?
  3. What has been your greatest success in an interpersonal relationship, leadership role, club, team or organization?

Career Services offers a workshop each semester entitled:  “Using your Strengths to Choose a Major” in which students will do a brief interest assessment based on Holland’s inventory.  John Holland proposed that most people can be loosely classified into six different groups. 

These groups are six different personality types labeled:

  • Realistic
  • Investigative
  • Artistic
  • Social
  • Enterprising
  • Conventional

In the workshop, we examine how the various strengths are correlated with these Holland personality types and the types of careers associated with them.  Check the Career Services calendar to see when the next workshop is being held, or call Career Services to set up an individual career counseling appointment to explore your strengths in relation to careers.

For a brief description on how to apply your specific talents in careers the 34 Themes of Talent are listed here.

For more in–depth information about strategies to apply each of your talents  in career selection, you can go to the StrengthsQuest website, and by the  REPORTS arrow, click on Apply and then the Student Action Items and each of your talents will be listed in relation to careers.