People especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.
What does the Input strength look like to me? Since taking the StrengthsQuest assessment I have identified a number of things that characterize me as somebody carrying the input strength:
1. I had trouble deciding a major. This happened not because I didn’t know what I wanted to do but rather because I found so many things interesting. I would up with a double major in two completely different fields. Both of which will allow me to consider a number of different career paths.
2. I am interested in a wide variety of things and am constantly finding random things that I instantly have a desire to learn. There is not necessarily a rhyme or reason but rather just an excitement that forms from finding new things. It seems like each week I have a new interest and am constantly researching to learn more. I think this is demonstrated by my plans for this summer: starting to take piano lessons, obtaining my real estate license, and traveling to places like Arizona to hike and Washington D.C. to visit historic landmarks.
3. I love meeting new people and learning about where they came from as well as what the future holds for them. I appreciate differences as it’s a chance to see things from a fresh perspective.
4. I collect pieces of information from the news and other pieces of literature. I am constantly taking notes in the margin and writing down quotes in hope that I won’t forget what I’ve just absorbed.
Needless to say- I am never bored! These are just a few examples of how the Input strength reflects in my lifestyle. I am always excited and optimistic about things that are in my future. I will always travel, read a variety of things, and even take classes after graduating. It is troublesome thinking that I will never really know it all or enough, but by identifying this strength I’ve identified that I develop by experiences new adventures.
If you think (or know) that Input is one of your strengths, here are some ideas from the StrengthsQuest book for exploring career paths:
- Collect as much information as you can about the careers that interest you. The more information you gather, the better your decision will be.
- Environments that give you the freedom to pursue threads of information and that focus on informed decision-making are likely to bring out your best.
- You probably will enjoy a career in which you are always on the cutting edge of knowledge and you can gather and share valuable pieces of relevant information.
- Choose jobs that require you to be an expert collector and consumer of research. This type of environment will energize you.
If you want to learn more about the input, then check out the StrengthsQuest website or stop in Career Services to read about this strength and all the others!