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Strengths and Your Career

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." Confucius

During our lifetime we will spend approximately 90,000 hours working, from college graduation to retirement. This large amount of time can be spent either working at a job that you love - that motivates you and fuels your fire, or you can dread getting up and going to work every morning. Only 13% of workers in the United States find their work meaningful, and only 20% believe they are in jobs that use their talents (Miller 1999). Thus, only 1 in 5 individuals enjoy going to work. How can you become one of those individuals? By matching your top five strengths to your career development! Below are suggestions of how to apply your strengths while finding a career that makes your work meaningful, as well as suggestions for how to apply your strengths in your classes.

Select a talent theme, suggestions from StrengthsQuest: Discover and Develop Your Strengths in Academics, Career and Beyond

Achiever

Activator

Adaptability

Analytical

Arranger

Belief

Command

Communication

Competition

Connectedness

Consistency

Context

Deliberative

Developer

Discipline

Empathy

Focus

Futuristic

Harmony

Ideation

Includer

Individualization

Input

Intellection

Learner

Maximizer

Positivity

Relator

Responsibility

Restorative

Self-Assurance

Significance

Strategic

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