More than one million people have used the StrengthsQuest skill-based interest test to discover their talents, and then develop those talents into strengths.
Friday, September 7 from 12:30-2:00 pm
Wednesday, September 19 from 3:00-4:30 pm
Tuesday, October 2 from 12:30-2:00 pm
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Anybody can purchase access to the StrengthsQuest program online, but Student Life and Leadership has developed a partnership that provides Salt Lake Community College students, faculty and staff with a free workshop alternative.
“What StrengthsQuest does is identify that we all have talents, and if we focus on our talents we can build and capitalize on those and become better,” said Student Life and Leadership director Curt Larsen. “So Michael Phelps can win gold medals galore in swimming but he doesn’t compete on the badminton team. He focuses on what he is naturally good at and then builds on those so that they are strengths.”
StrengthsQuest is different from other skill-based interest tests in that it emphasizes what a person is good at and not so much on what they are not. This assessment lists the top five talents in order to help a person use those talents to achieve success in academic, career or personal life.
After completing the StrengthsQuest assessment online and attending a 90-minute workshop, a person is able to learn about talents they may not have known they had before the assessment. These talents can then be turned into strengths and skills.
StrengthsQuest has four main areas of strengths which include executing, influencing, relationship and strategic thinking. Those categories are then broken down into 37 different themes that an individual may possess. After identifying the talents and practicing them they can be made into strengths.
Not your ordinary personality test
StrengthsQuest is not just one of those generic personality tests. It was developed by Gallup, and is based on nearly 50 years of Gallup research as to what makes a good leader and the strengths that they possess.
Last year Brandi Mair, coordinator in Student Life and Leadership, applied for and received a grant in order for students, faculty and staff at SLCC to participate in this assessment at no charge.
“If you take the StrengthsQuest, that can be the beginning of a really interesting journey,” said Larsen. “Identifying the way you do or don’t cope well with circumstances and different situations at school, at work, in other parts of your life, can really enhance your sense of self-efficacy and well-being and really have a positive impact on your outlook as a SLCC student and then as a citizen after you leave this campus.”
Students interested in participating in this assessment can either call Student Life and Leadership at (801)957–4052 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the workshop and receive a code to take the assessment.