Career Coaching: The Essential Element for Career Success

Jim Sullivan ’77
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Are you hoping to make a career pivot, or advance to a new job with your current employer, but you’re unclear as to exactly how to proceed? 

Regardless of your “stay” or “go” decisions, career success in every job boils down to your ability to deliver more value for your employer than it costs to employ you — this year, and every year, of your long career. Therefore, assessing your strengths is where you should start your next career move. After all, you create value through your strengths, right? And starting with strengths builds confidence and a competitive advantage that you have what it takes as you approach networking, prepare for your coming interviews, and emphasize your value proposition.

Matching Talent to Task
Everyone hoping for career success must accept personal responsibility to know where their talents best match the challenge of the tasks being asked of them. Here’s a reliable shortcut to come to a quick awareness of your top talents: the CliftonStrengths online talent assessment.

The CliftonStrengths assessment is a proven method to discover what you naturally do best, learn how to transform your greatest talents into towering strengths, and maximize your career potential. For more than two decades, Gallup has helped millions of professionals assess their top talents. The online assessment takes about an hour to complete. Gallup’s extensive and actionable reports show how to capitalize on your natural talents and transform them into core strengths. 

There are other good ways to discover your strengths but few offer Gallup’s speed, insight, and relatively modest investment. 

If you intend to be the master of your own career, start with your strengths.


Jim Sullivan ‘77 is the former Associate Director of Career Services in the Mendoza College of Business.

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