Office ofCareer Connections


What is a strength? How is it different from a skill?

According to Dependable Strengths, a strength is " . . . each person's special talent for excellence."

In other words . . .

Where do you spend your energy?

Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses.
- Marilyn vos Savant

  • talent a natural ability to do something well that can be developed by training
  • gift a natural ability, especially an artistic ability, or a social skill
  • aptitude a natural tendency to do something well, especially one that can be further developed
  • flair a natural ability to do something well, especially creative or artistic ability
  • knack a particular skill, especially one that might be innate or intuitive and therefore difficult to teach
  • genius exceptional intellectual or creative ability

-Encarta® World English Dictionary [North American Edition] ©

What are my strengths?

It’s useful to know your strengths when deciding on your career direction.  How do you get started in identifying your strengths? 

  • Complete a strengths reflection exercise. This will help you to look back at your experiences from the perspective of identifying strengths.