Using your Strengths

Using Clifton Strengths to Pinpoint Your Talents

Helping students identify, develop and use a tool called Clifton Strengths for Students is an essential part of the formula for success at Bemidji State University. The Clifton Strengths for Students journey begins with a 30-minute online assessment called the Clifton Strengths. This will help you identify your naturally recurring patterns of thought, feeling and behavior that can productively apply to your life, including academics, relationships and careers.

This assessment, which is administered during the First-Year Enrichment (FYE) Seminar and is also available through Career Services, has helped more than 13 million people around the world discover their talents.

After you take the Clifton Strengths for Students, you’ll receive a customized report that lists your Top Five Talent themes from among 34 different Themes of Talent, along with action items for development and suggestions about how you can use your talents to achieve academic, career, and personal success.

Strengths Assessment

Visit the Advising Success Center Strengths page for additional information and access to the assessment here.

Name It, Claim It, Aim It!

Clifton Strengths for Students is used at more than 600 schools and universities in North America. More than 2 million people have used Clifton Strengths for Students to gain insights into how to use their talents to achieve academic success, to explore careers, and in leadership development.

Once you have learned what your strengths are, the next step is to develop your strengths. Each individual strength is valuable in choosing a major/career, achieving academic success, and succeeding in the job search process.

Understanding and developing your strengths will prepare you to use them in pursuing, and succeeding in, your chosen career. That’s why we say, “Name it, claim it, aim it!”  You may also learn more by visiting the StrengthsQuest website.

Faculty and staff also participate in Strengths.



If you have not taken the Clifton Strengths for Students Assessment and wish to do so, contact the Advising Success Center.