The Strong, a comprehensive tool to help you identify what you need to find in a job in order to reach fulfillment.
You chose a career because you had to. You were 15, 18 or 20 years old and you didn’t really know what you wanted to do for the rest of your life. The “rest of your life,” oh my gosh, such a lifetime decision! Like most teenagers, you didn’t know which career path to take right out of high school, so you chose a job that your parents, your friends or your school suggested, without really knowing what it meant.
And now, you are in this job. You’ve been in this role for a few years but you don’t remember why you chose this career path over another one.
You’ve reached a place where you want a job that will be more aligned with who you really are, that will leverage your natural talents, that will bring you more meaning. You don’t want that unfulfilling job anymore but you don’t know where to start.
As a career coach, the first thing that I do with my clients is help them remember who they are, what they like doing, what they are good at and what they value. To get there faster, I use the Strong Interest Inventory®, one of the world’s most widely used and respected career planning tools. It maps out general interest patterns to describe a personality and preferred work environments. So, stop being in the dark and start with this simple exercise that will help you list what you really enjoy in life and make a living out of it!
The Strong Interest Inventory® is based on the RIASEC model and was developed by psychologist John Holland. His theory was that there are six types of personalities—Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, Conventional and six types of work environments that can be matched to the different types.
The Strong mainly looks at your interests, but will also help you identify:
It is used by individuals who need help identifying careers that suit their strengths, preferences and abilities, but also by organizations who want to attract and retain the brightest talents and use them the most effectively. It is most recommended for:
(From cpp.com – The US distributor for the Strong Interest Inventory)
But don’t get me wrong! The Strong is not an advocate of truth! As in all assessments, accuracy is never 100% and no one but you know what you want. It is a beautiful tool to feed coaching conversations, and bring on the table potential careers you may not have considered.
Be aware that the assessment is only effective as part of a coaching process. Partnering with a Strong certified coach will not only tell you about your interests but will help you explore your career options, focus on your decision-making, make a plan of action and carry it out.
As a Career & Leadership Coach, Bénédicte works with clients across industries and continents to find the career they were meant for and ways to excel within it. She believes that who we are should define what we do, and that what we do defines who we are, which is why she specializes in coaching that focuses on your professional life including: finding and changing your career, improving your leadership, confidence and focus, overcoming professional challenges, opening a business, integrating into a new team or role, and creating work-life balance. Her coaching practice is integrative. She draws from her multidisciplinary background to provide a holistic approach to career development. Connect with her on Noomii or Facebook.