In choosing a career path, it is important to assess your strengths, interests, and personality. What are you talented at? What do you find yourself doing? Which environments do you like to work in? Are you people oriented or task oriented? One of the most important aspects of this exercise to consider your strengths.
Why focus on strengths? This approach comes from the strengths quest and research on…Often, our society is framed around improving our weakness, but this is not our strongest point. We may get more bang for our buck improving the areas where we are already strong. For example, say you can play violin a little, but you play soccer very well. Do you work to improve that violin playing or do you spend more time devoted to your area of strength. Sometimes these areas can get confusing because of the value judgments placed on certain areas of study and certain career paths. We may choose to focus on what’s value or what has social capital and sometimes at the detriment of our passions, interests, and personal fulfillment. While understanding value, and how to market and position you competitively in the career world is important, we do not have to get trapped by a focus on what’s popular or deemed valuable. We’ll talk more about this later (preside and privilege).
Most of our strengths may have been influence by passion. We tend to spend time on the things that matter most. Things that we care about. Sometimes it was luck of happen stance in the right place at the right time got an opportunity and got a change to build on a certain skill set. Our networks, who we are connected to. Our personality, our inner talent, and sometimes hard work- maybe we were not strong at a certain area, but we spent discipline and hard work to improve and as a result the foundation we established made that area our strong point. All of these factors are important when exploring your strengths.
Follow the exercise in the unit below to explore your strengths and talents.