Using Your Strengths

So you have taken the StrengthsFinder assessment and know your Top 5 Talent Themes, now what? Below is some information and resources that can help you apply those talents in ways that can be meaningful to you.  

 

Meet with a Strengths & Engagement Coach

The Office for Student Engagement is now offering peer Strengths and Engagement Coaching! Coaches are available for drop in hours Monday through Friday from 2pm to 4:30pm and Fridays from 11am-4:30pm  in STSS 511 to help you take a closer look at your Strengths, interests and goals. During an appointment you can learn more about your Strengths and how to apply them in your daily life and/or explore engagement opportunities that are right for you. Want to learn more? Click here!


StrengthsQuest Website-Action Items

On the StrengthsQuest website you can find action items that are aimed at helping you take your talents and further develop them into strengths. Follow these instructions to access your action items.

 

Request a Strengths Workshop

If you are a part of a U of M student group and are interested in us hosting a strengths workshop, simply submit this form.


U of M Strengths Tip Sheets

Get tips on how to use each of your strengths in academics, career, and extracurriculars here

 

Understanding Your Strengths

Strengths: Myth Smashing Guide

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This Guide can be used along with the 'Strengths: Myth Smashing' video or on its own to learn more about the Strengths philosophy, the StrengthsFinder assessment and your own Top 5


Strengths: How Do I Use My Top 5 Guide

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This Guide can be used along with the 'Strengths:How Do I Use My Top 5' video or on its own to learn more about ways to put your Top 5 in Action!


Strengths: International Students Guide

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This Guide can be used along with the 'Strengths: International Students' video or on its own  to learn more about the Strengths philsophy and how to use your Strengths as a international student at the U of M.


Major/Career

Strengths: Major Exploration Guide

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This Guide can be used along with the 'Strengths: Major Exploration' video or on its own to learn more about how to use your Strengths during the major exploration process.


Strengths: Career Exploration Guide

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This Guide can be used along with the 'Strengths: Career Exploration' video or on its own to use your Strengths to explore careers.


Strengths: Job Searching Guide

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This Guide can be used along with the 'Strengths: Job Searching' video or on its own to find ways to use Strengths in your resume, cover letter, interviewing, job search, and elevator pitch.


Top 5 Tips for Your Top 5: Career Fair 

Identify what leadership domain your strengths fall into and then 5 tips are provided for how to use your strengths to be successful during the career fair: Download Resource File


Campus Involvement/Engagement

Strengths: Get Engaged On & Off Campus Guide

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This Guide can be used along with the 'Strengths: Get Engaged' Video or on its own to learn more about ways to use your Top 5 to find engagement opportunities that are a good fit for you!


Strength: Making the most of your Engagement Guide

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This Guide can be used along with the 'Strengths: Making the Most of Your Engagement' video or on its own to find ways to use your Strengths to lead stronger and get the most out of your engagement on and off campus.


Academic Life

Strengths: Relationships & Teams Guide

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This Guide can be used along with the 'Strengths: Relationships and Teams' video or on its own to learn how you can use your Strengths in partnernships with others.


Strengths: Studying and Academic Success Guide

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This Guide can be used along with the 'Strengths: Studying and Academic Success' video or on its own to learn more about how to use your Strengths to succeed in academics.


Top 5 Tips for Your Top 5: Finals Week

Identify what leadership domain your strengths fall into and then 5 tips are provided for how to use your strengths to be successful during finals week: Download Resource File


Team Talent Map Version 1 

Map out your talent themes and the talent themes of those around you! A great conversation piece in work environments. Download Resource File

 

Get Engaged On and Off Campus

How do you want to use your strengths to do what matters? Make the most of your U of M experience by taking part in opportunities that allow you to explore your interests, identify your passions and develop your talents into strengths. The University of Minnesota and the surrounding community offer a variety of ways to do this. The resources below can help you find opportunities in areas including campus leadership, student employment, research, volunteering, learning abroad & away, student groups, and internships that are right for you.

Engage! is a Google-based search tool that allows you to search for opportunities to get engaged both on and off-campus. Opportunities in Engage! are typically on-going and not time or date sensitive. Make sure to check out our blog and Facebook page. They are continuously updated with new opportunities.