Are you Leveraging Your Strengths?

In today’s world, we like to learn a lot about ourselves, from the Meyers-Briggs test to the Enneagram to the quiz about what  kind of pizza you would be. There’s no end to the tests you can take about your likes and interests. Assessments about how we think, what we like, and who we love give us insight into parts of our lives that can be improved. Self assessments give us the resources to be more reflective, more satisfied and hopefully make us happier.

What is CliftonStrengths?

CliftonStrengths is an online assessment that helps you discover how you operate, what you do best, and how to lean into your personal strengths. To take the test, simply visit the MU Career Center to take a questionnaire and ta staff member will discuss the result with you. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour.  Simple, intuitive questions will then be asked to get the most unbiased answer, and at the end, you’ll be left with five strengths, as well as a packet of helpful information explaining each of them. These “talent themes” not only define your professional and personal strengths, but they work in relation with each other in unique ways.  Strengths are also categorized into one of four leadership domains: Strategic Thinking, Executing, Relationship Building and Influencing. Over the next month, our Career Scoop blog and social media will highlight various strengths and engage students in conversation about how to leverage them in and out of the classroom.

How Can CliftonStrengths help you?

Knowing your strengths is vital to success in the workplace, and also in life. When possible, employers ask about what you can bring to the table, CliftonStrengths provides a vocabulary to highlight your talents without sounding pretentious. When looking at careers, you might find that knowing your strengths and leadership capacities can help you narrow your search towards jobs that best utilizes those talents. Most importantly, knowing your strengths benefits the people around you. When you do what you’re good at and what makes you happy, more work can get done and people can get along with others. Simply by being aware of what makes you talented can help you use your talents to better the world around you.

Stay tuned and check out our Instagram for CliftonStrengths content!