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Strengths and Careers

To help you determine how you can best apply your greatest talents toward an engaging career, we have compiled a list of strategies that each Strength can utilize in interviews, majors, and careers. LEAD has collaborated with Career Services and have created a section that connects the Level Up Career Competencies to each Strength.

Locate and examine the strategies that are customized to your Signature Themes. As you do this, you may want to consider the items that are already guiding you toward an engaged career.

These insights and ideas can help you apply talents to achieve in various aspects of developing an engaged career life.

Achiever

Domain: Executing

People exceptionally talented in the Achiever theme work hard and possess a great deal of stamina. They take immense satisfaction in being busy and productive.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Professionalism and Productivity
  • Career Navigation

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Highly productive
  • Goal Oriented
  • Motivated

Majors and Careers

  • Explore majors that will challenge you daily
  • Choose careers that offer incentives for good quality work, productivity, and customer service
  • Choose career that have room for growth and promotion within the company

Activator

Domain: Influencing

People exceptionally talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They want to do things now, rather than simply talk about them.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Leadership

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Turns ideas into action
  • Action is the best way to grow and learn
  • Motivated

Majors and Careers

  • “Actions speak louder than words” type of career. Result-oriented companies and professions.
  • Seek work where you can make your own decisions and act upon these decisions.

Adaptability

Domain: Relationship Building

People exceptionally talented in the Adaptability theme prefer to go with the flow. They tend to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Global and Intercultural Engagement
  • Professionalism and Productivity
  • Digital Literacy

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Adjust easily
  • Great focus and energy in times of conflict
  • Comfortable with change

Majors and Careers

  • Be open to exploring different careers and identify the ones that best suits your ideal work environment
  • Explore careers that have an aspect to them that is constantly changing and adapting.
  • Interview individuals who work in a certain company or have a certain position that you are interested in. Observe reoccurring themes of the workplace

Analytical

Domain: Strategic Thinking

People exceptionally talented in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all of the factors that might affect a situation

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Digital Literacy
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Always searching for reason and cause.
  • Data-driven
  • Observes patterns and connections

Majors and Careers

  • Choose a career with a lot of analysis, whether its analyzing numbers, situations, or people.
  • Go into a major that allows for you to make decisions based off evaluation of facts, research findings, or tangible evidence.
  • Find a major that allows you to sharpen your ability to see cause-and-effect relationships in daily life.

Arranger

Domain: Executing

People strong in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a flexibility that complements this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Professionalism and Productivity
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Digital Literacy
  • Global and Intercultural Engagement

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Rearrange procedures to maximize efficiency.
  • Can find order among chaos
  • Flexibility, acceptance and initiation of necessary change

Majors and Careers

  • Find a profession that allows you to have various projects going on at once.
  • Explore jobs that will allow you to put pieces together while planning and preparing for events.

Belief

Domain: Executing

People exceptionally talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their lives.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Professionalism and Productivity
  • Career Navigation
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Global and Intercultural Engagement

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Exhibit core values
  • Purposeful
  • Passionate

Majors and Careers

  • Choose a path that allows you to positively impact the quality of people’s lives.
  • Research careers in helping professions. Interview people who hold these positions and discuss their dedication to their beliefs.
  • Be a part of a company that shares the same values as you.

Command

Domain: Influencing

People exceptionally talented in the Command theme have presence. They can take control of a situation and make decisions.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Professionalism and Productivity
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Leadership

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Ability to take charge in a crisis
  • Observes what needs to be done and does it
  • Direct

Majors and Careers

  • Avoid careers where you may have to blindly follow someone of authority.
  • Choose a career that has room for promotion at a fast rate.
  • Explore majors that allow you independence in course selection or independent studies

Communication

Domain: Influencing

People exceptionally talented in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Professionalism and Productivity
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Global and Intercultural Engagement
  • Leadership
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Able to explain and give directions clearly and concisely
  • Motivating and inspirational to those they interact with
  • Attention grabber

Majors and Careers

  • Enter a career that involves some sort of storytelling.
  • Explore a career that allows you to do a lot of talking.
  • Be sure to enter a work environment that encourages high energy, independence, and creativity.

Competition

Domain: Influencing

People exceptionally talented in the Competition theme measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Leadership
  • Career Navigation

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Constantly trying to excel
  • Driven
  • Performance oriented

Majors and Careers

  • Choose a career where your success could be measured with scores, ratings, or rankings.
  • Find a job that gives rewards as incentives for best performance.
  • Explore a major that is both competitive and personally satisfying.

Connectedness

Domain: Relationship Building

People exceptionally talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links among all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has meaning.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Global and Intercultural Engagement
  • Communication
  • Leadership

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Build bridges between commonalities
  • Big picture oriented
  • Strong at building connections with others

Majors and Careers

  • Explore jobs that allow you to see the bigger picture of the company.
  • Search for jobs where you work with others, and have personal conversations and experiences.

Consistency

Domain: Executing

People exceptionally talented in the Consistency theme are keenly aware of the need to treat people the same. They crave stable routines and clear rules and procedures that everyone can follow.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Professionalism and Productivity
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Balanced
  • Fair and just in their treatment of others
  • Problem solver

Majors and Careers

  • Work for a company that has set regulations, policies, and procedures established.
  • Avoid careers of majors that allow for favoritism or individual special treatment.
  • Explore careers where there is an equal balance between all aspects of the job.

Context

Domain: Strategic Thinking

People exceptionally talented in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Digital Literacy
  • Global and Intercultural Engagement

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Skilled in seeing patterns
  • Must understand the history before making a decision
  • Understand the past in order to create a better future

Majors and Careers

  • Consider a career where you focus on a certain time in history and explore how it relates to life now.
  • Explore majors that emphasize the past while looking toward the future.
  • Explore careers that educate others on past events.

Deliberative

Domain: Executing

People exceptionally talented in the Deliberative theme are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices. They anticipate obstacles.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Professionalism and Productivity
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Thinks through pros and cons before making any decision
  • Plans for the unexpected
  • Good judgement

Majors and Careers

  • Choose a career that allows for you to research and analyze information in order to make the best decisions.
  • Apply for positions that allow you a sense of independence.
  • Explore majors that allow for you to question the decisions and actions of others.

Developer

Domain: Relationship Building

People exceptionally talented in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from evidence of progress.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Career Navigation

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Invests in others
  • Enjoys watching individuals succeed
  • Help individuals see the progress they have made, even if the individual doesn’t see it.

Majors and Careers

  • Search for jobs that allow you to facilitate a development piece.
  • Focus on companies whose success is measured in interpersonal relationships and helping others succeed.
  • Choose a team-oriented job.

Discipline

Domain: Executing

People exceptionally talented in the Discipline theme enjoy routine and structure. Their world is best described by the order they create.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Professionalism and Productivity
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Organization skills
  • Promotes efficiency
  • Ability to break down complex projects into manageable steps

Majors and Careers

  • Explore careers where you can maintain order for yourself and others.
  • Find jobs that require perfection and exactness.
  • Explore careers where order and structure are necessary.

Empathy

Domain: Relationship Building

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People exceptionally talented in the Empathy theme can sense other people’s feelings by imagining themselves in others’ lives or situations.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Global and Intercultural Engagement
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork and Collaboration

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Active listener
  • Intuitive, knows what to say and what to do in tricky situations
  • Quickly build rapport with others

Majors and Careers

  • Pick a career where you work in a team. You will be able to best support and understand team members
  • Search for jobs where you are called to give advice and understand others

Focus

Domain: Executing

People exceptionally talented in the Focus theme can take a direction, follow through and make the corrections necessary to stay on track. They prioritize, then act.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Professionalism and Productivity
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Goal-oriented when provided with a clear track
  • Good at prioritizing
  • Purposeful

Majors and Careers

  • Explore careers that have identifiable goals and objectives.
  • Look for careers that have clear room for improvement and promotion.
  • Be in a major that allows you to set measurable steps in obtaining your goals.

Futuristic

Domain: Strategic Thinking

People exceptionally talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They energize others with their visions of the future.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Career Navigation

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Visionary
  • Creative
  • Inspiring

Majors and Careers

  • Choose a career where you assist others in defining their goals and reaching it
  • Explore majors that allow for you to envision a future for an area that you are passionate about

Harmony

Domain: Relationship Building

People exceptionally talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Communication

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Good at helping others work together
  • Look for agreements in conflict
  • Able to see all sides of a situation

Majors and Careers

  • Avoid careers in which there is constant conflict.
  • Avoid roles that require you to confront people.
  • Take on the responsibility of being a good team member. Your ability to adjust and discuss differing opinions will allow you to assist your team in creating a better relationship.

Ideation

Domain: Strategic Thinking

People exceptionally talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Digital Literacy

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Looking for new perspectives and connections
  • Always looks for possibilities
  • Good at reframing thing

Majors and Careers

  • Look at careers where you will be paid for your ideas and creations.
  • Explore majors that allow for you to share ideas with other classmates.

Includer

Domain: Relationship Building

People exceptionally talented in the Includer theme accept others. They show awareness of those who feel left out and make an effort to include them.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Professionalism and Productivity
  • Career Navigation
  • Teamwork and Collaboration

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Believe everyone is equal and important
  • Nonjudgmental work environment
  • Engaging

Majors and Careers

  • Choose a career where you can directly supervise a group of people.
  • Explore careers that work with underrepresented demographics.
  • Explore majors that allow you to engage with different types of people.

Individualization

Domain: Relationship Building

People exceptionally talented in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how different people can work together productively.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Global and Intercultural Engagement
  • Career Navigation

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Believes every individual has a unique and specific role based off their own talents and strengths.
  • Create meaningful, lasting relationships
  • Appreciates the differences in others and in circumstances

Majors and Careers

  • Choose a career where you can utilize your strength in seeing people and distinct individuals and helping them grow and empower them.
  • Find a major that will allow you to directly work with people and treat each person as a unique individual.
  • Be in a major that inspires others to follow their truths and their dreams.

Input

Domain: Strategic Thinking

People exceptionally talented in the Input theme have a need to collect and archive. They may accumulate information, ideas, artifacts or even relationships.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Digital Literacy

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Always gaining new information
  • Curious
  • Great resource

Majors and Careers

  • Find a career that allows for you to continuously be learning and absorbing information.
  • Explore majors that are heavy in research.
  • Choose a career path that allows for you to present your knowledge.

Intellection

Domain: Strategic Thinking

People exceptionally talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Professionalism and Productivity
  • Career Navigation

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Able to effectively work alone
  • Introspective

Majors and Careers

  • Look for a career that allows you to work with others and have interesting debates.
  • Choose a major that will constantly challenge your thinking and leave you asking questions.

Learner

Domain: Strategic Thinking

People exceptionally talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. The process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Digital Literacy
  • Career Navigation

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Always looking to continuously improve
  • Easily picks up tasks
  • Interested in a variety of topics

Majors and Careers

  • Choose a major or career path that allows you to constantly be learning new things.
  • Look for a career that is constantly changing regulations or technology. Learning a new process will make you more engaged.
  • If you best learn individually, look for majors or careers that allow you the independence to research topics yourself. If you work best in a group, search for majors or careers that allow you to work on committees or team projects.

Maximizer

Domain: Influencing

People exceptionally talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Leadership

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Good at networking
  • Team player
  • Seeks to be the best

Majors and Careers

  • Choose a career where you can improve your strengths.
  • Explore majors that allow for you to show others their talents and how their talents can make an impact.
  • Choose a career environment where small victories are celebrated.

Positivity

Domain: Relationship Building

People exceptionally talented in the Positivity theme have contagious enthusiasm. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Global and Intercultural Engagement

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Enthusiastic, optimistic
  • Encourage productivity in others
  • Raise spirits through negative situations.

Majors and Careers

  • Look for careers that are fast-paced and stimulating work.
  • Explore majors that revolve around your passions.
  • Make sure to be in a career where you are having fun.

Relator

Domain: Relationship Building

People exceptionally talented in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Professionalism and Productivity
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Communication

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Intentional interactions
  • Trusted
  • Generous

Majors and Careers

  • Search for careers where meaningful relationships are required.
  • Explore workplaces that allow for personal connections with colleagues.
  • Choose a career that has a consistent, regular client basis.

Responsibility

Domain: Executing

People exceptionally talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Professionalism and Productivity
  • Leadership

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Good at following through, doesn’t make excuses.
  • Productive
  • Accountable

Majors and Careers

  • Be in a career that will allow you to gain more responsibility as you continue achieving.
  • Choose a career that will allow you the independence to get tasks done. You prefer to focus on outcome instead of process.

Restorative

Domain: Executing

People exceptionally talented in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Professionalism and Productivity
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Find the source of the problem and fixes it
  • “Impossible” and “can’t” are not in their vocabulary
  • “Save the day” mentality

Majors and Careers

  • Choose any service position that allows you to help others.
  • Look for opportunities that allow for you to search for what is wrong and fix it.

Self-Assurance

Domain: Influencing

People exceptionally talented in the Self-Assurance theme feel confident in their ability to take risks and manage their own lives. They have an inner compass that gives them certainty in their decisions.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Professionalism and Productivity
  • Career Navigation

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Not afraid to take risks
  • Strong inner compass
  • Resilient

Majors and Careers

  • Find a career that will constantly be challenging you.
  • Explore careers that have room for quick promotion.
  • Explore majors that allow you to utilize your current talents while also developing new ones.

Significance

Domain: Influencing

People exceptionally talented in the Significance theme want to make a big impact. They are independent and prioritize projects based on how much influence they will have on their organization or people around them.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Leadership

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Independent
  • Goal Oriented
  • Understands what is important and what is not

Majors and Careers

  • Choose a career that will make an impact.
  • Explore careers that put you in the public eye.
  • Explore majors that are known for creating the biggest significance.

Strategic

Domain: Strategic Thinking

People exceptionally talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Digital Literacy
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Anticipates alternatives
  • Has a Plan A, B, and C.
  • Plans for different ways to accomplish a goal or solve a problem

Majors and Careers

  • Find a career that requires you to use logic.
  • Be in a career that allows you to be a leader and voice your opinions.
  • Find a major that allows you to understand situations and find alternative solutions to the problems.

Woo

Domain: Influencing

People exceptionally talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with someone.

Level Up Career Competencies

  • Professionalism and Productivity
  • Career Navigation
  • Communication

Pitching Strengths in Interview

  • Networking is a priority
  • Comfortable with strangers and in crowds
  • Easily win people over

Majors and Careers

  • Choose a career that will allow you to spark conversations and initiate interaction.
  • Engage in a major that will allow you to utilize different strategies of meeting and connecting with new, different people.
  • Select a position that allows you to assist people in connecting with one another.