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CEHD Strengths Spotlight | Sarah Covert, Career Coordinator

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At the University of Minnesota and in CEHD we feel every student has what they need to be successful. We believe in taking a strengths based approach and work with students to learn to use their talents so they can be developed into strengths.
What are your top 5 talent themes?
My top 5 talent themes are Empathy, Maximizer, Harmony, Developer, and Individualization.
In what ways do you use your talents each day?
Most of my talent themes work well together during career counseling appointments with students. Empathy allows me to sense what others may be feeling. It allows me to provide understanding and use the appropriate emotional tone in an appointment. Maximizer is helpful because I naturally look for strengths in others and encourage them in those areas. When meeting with a student, I genuinely enjoy sharing everything they are doing well and then focus on those strengths to manage other areas. Developer allows me to see the potential in others. By seeing this potential and sharing it with students, it builds their confidence and encourages them to work a little harder to achieve that next step. And through Individualization, I love to listen to students tell their story and learn what makes them unique.
Maximizer & Harmony are helpful when working as part of a team/committee to improve programs, events, and communications for students. Maximizer allows me to build on what’s been done and make it even better and Harmony helps me see connections and areas of agreement.
How have you worked to develop your talent themes?
Speaking with others about how their talent themes emerge in their life has helped me become more self-aware about how they emerge in mine and develop them further.
During a recent Strengths presentation, I learned Donald Clifton, father of strengths based psychology & creator of Clinton StrengthsFinder, once said it can take a lifetime to master just five talent themes. In many cases, my individual talent themes are productively applied turning them into strengths. However, it’s also important to understand the blind spots within each talent theme and learn how to individually manage them in a way that brings out your best.
For example: Maximizer, in addition to seeing the strengths in others, allows me to see strengths in programs, events, or presentations. Then Developer comes in to help me see what they could become. It’s very satisfying for me to improve…well, anything. However, sometimes that can become overwhelming. I’m learning now when it’s best to step away and accept that it’s good enough.
Which talent themes fit you best and why?
They all fit me pretty well. Empathy is my first talent theme and definitely did not surprise me. After taking the assessment it was so helpful to finally have language to better articulate this “sensitivity” I always knew I had and use it as a tool in many areas of my life. Harmony, comes out in my relationships and, surprising to some, my surroundings. I feel at peace when I’m in a space that is uncluttered, has plenty of light, and generally feels good to be in. Individualization makes me absolutely fascinated by other people’s stories. I love learning how others view their own life experience and draw meaning from those experiences.
What surprises you about your talent themes?
I’ve taken the assessment twice. The first time I had responsibility in my top five. Responsibility allows you to take psychological ownership of anything you commit to do. The second time it dropped and Individualization emerged. Since then, it’s been interesting to see how responsibility continues to greatly influence me, even though it dropped out of my top five.

Success Story | John Thomason, Business and Marketing Education

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John Thomason
Senior | Business and Marketing Education
ShopNBC | Customer Relationship Marketing and Online Programming Intern

How did you learn about your internship position?
The University of Minnesota’s Job and Internship Fair.
What are your key responsibilities?
Basically I help the Marketing and Programming departments with whatever tasks they have to do. Primarily I have been doing research. Most of the areas I have been researching I am familiar with due to my classes here at the U.
What steps did you take in the application process?
After joining numerous internship-search websites and attending many career fairs, I put together a list of potential positions I was interested with. For most of these positions I was able to meet recruiters and talk to them about the position and the company offering it. From there I applied for 15 to 20 internships and made sure to send thank you emails to the recruiters I met. This is when I started using Career services to have them check over my resume as I searching.
Once I applied to all my target internships, I was forced to wait for responses back from my potential employers. However during this time I was constantly looking for new opportunities at act as back-ups in case these positions didn’t work out. Eventually towards Spring Break I heard back from employers and started setting up interviews with them during Spring Break. To practice for these interviews, I went to Career Services for mock interviews.
During Spring Break I had an interview each day, Monday through Thursday, three of which were on site and one was a phone interview. They all went well and I made sure to said a thank-you email to each person I met. From that point on I waited for responses back and continued searching for new opportunities. Then one day I heard back from ShopNBC to do a second interview with them, which I did on the phone. I talked with three of their top management in separate interviews and all of them went well. Finally, hours after my third interview, I got a call from ShopNBC’s Human Resources department saying I had gotten the position! I was very excited that day.
How did you help yourself stand out from all the other applicants?
The first thing I did was adhere to a strict image of professionalism. Before every interview I made sure I dressed up in a suit and tie and that I looked good. I also made sure to arrive on time to any meeting I had and that I had everything I needed with me. I brought a briefcase with me at all times that had my resume and other important papers and items in it. I also used Fed-Ex to make my my own business cards that I gave to every single living thing I met, saw, or even glanced at. Having such cards is important as it gets your name out there as well as they make you look professional. Finally, I had Career Services look at resume so that it looked professionally up to date and organized.
The second thing I did was I made sure employers knew I was enthusiastic about the position I was applying for. This wasn’t difficult for me as the positions I was applying for were ones I had researched and wanted because they looked like so much fun. Employers really like seeing excited applicants and they remember those types of people. Smiling and asking lots of questions goes a long way.
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship search process?
Having access to all the different resources to that I needed to succeed was really helpful. This includes Career Services, who helped me prepare for my interviews, looked over my resume, and provided me with dates and information on upcoming career fairs.
My parents were also a great deal of help. They often would email me links to internships that they thought would interest me. They even helped update my wardrobe for my interviews! My Dad gave me a DVD called “Getting that Job” by a college education group called Standard Deviants. I recommend everyone see this video as it gives very important tips to secure a job and it’s presented in a humorous way. Most importantly, my parents gave me advice and encouragement during my job search, which really helped me.
The final resource I found helpful was the internet. As well as provide me information of the different companies I was applying to, I found many websites and articles that gave me excellent advice on how to do a job search, what to look for, and of course find internships.
What have you learned this far from your internship experience that you have found to be the most valuable for your professional development?
Being prepared is crucial. Having a plan to do something as well as the knowledge and skills to support that plan is vital in any professional setting.
Do you have any tips to share with others about your experience?
1. Apply for multiple positions. A bare minimum number is 15 or so. The more the better. It will take a lot of time to fill them out but you need to do it.
2. Research! Not only should you look at the companies you are applying to but also look at websites and articles that deal with job searching.
3. Use the Career Services here on campus. they are free, here to help you, and do a great job. Did I mention they were free?
4. Everything about you should be professional. This includes not only your attire but also your resume, other paperwork, business cards, brief case, attitude, walk, etc.
5. Go to the University of Minnesota Job and Internship Fair. It’s free and they even drive you there.
6. Respond with a thank you note to each person you meet/interview with.
7. Be on time. Arrive within 10 minutes of any meetings/interviews you have. If you don’t know where you are supposed to go, drive there beforehand.
8. Don’t be cheap. Spend the money to make businesses cards, have paper for your resumes, attend career fairs, and upgrade your wardrobe. It is worth it.
9. Have a plan.
10. Don’t worry. You will find a job.

CEHD Strengths Spotlight | Connor Damm, Pre- Kinesiology Student

At the University of Minnesota and in CEHD we feel every student has what they need to be successful. We believe in taking a strengths based approach and work with students to learn to use their talents so they can be developed into strengths.
What are your top 5 talent themes?
My top 5 talent themes are Positivity, Empathy, Communication, Adaptability, and Woo!

In what ways do you use your talents each day?

Positivity is a talent that I use every day. I find that if you are happy and excited to be doing whatever it may be that you are doing, then other people around you are happier and more excited too. I like being positive because it makes the overall experience more fun and enjoyable regardless of what you are doing.
Empathy is my talent to connect and relate to others. I often think of how other people will be affected by things I see on the news or read in the Daily. It can be hard to put yourself it someone else’s shoes and feel the pain they are going through but it is amazing to share someone else’s joy and triumph. Empathy to me is connecting with people on a deeper more emotional level.
Communication is something that I do 24/7. I am always thinking of different ideas and talking them out with my friends. Being a good communicator makes it easier for me to clearly express my thoughts and feelings as well as take constructive criticism. Communication is the corner stone to developing any relationship.
Adaptability is a talent that I take to heart. I pride myself on being quick on my feet and not getting stuck in a routine. I very much live in the moment and take life as it comes.
Woo! Is obviously the best talent theme, or at least the most fun to say. Winning others over is something that I love to do. I love meeting new people, connecting with them, and turning them into friends. It is fun and it’s a great way to get out of my comfort zone. I pride myself on being able to get along with anyone.
How have you sought to develop your talent themes?
I have developed my talent themes by trying to consciously acknowledge when I use them. Before the Strengths Finder Assessment I already knew that I was good at talking to people. But after I know realize that this is because of my two talent themes Communication and Woo. By recognizing when I use my talent themes I can work on improving them.

Which talent themes fit you best and why?

I think the talent theme that fits me best is Adaptability. I live day by day and don’t worry too much about the future. I try to take in life right now and do the best I can every day. I love trying new things and going on adventures. I am always ready to try a new restaurant or meet new people. Adaptability to me means being able to do the best you can in the moment and never saying no to something new and exciting.
Visit Strengths at the U to learn more!

CEHD Strengths Spotlight | Venoreen Browne-Boatswain | Graduate Coordinator of Multicultural Programs and Outreach

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At the University of Minnesota and in CEHD we feel every student has what they need to be successful. We believe in taking a strengths based approach and work with students to learn to use their talents so they can be developed into strengths.
What are your top 5 talent themes?
My top five themes are: Responsibility, Input, Connectedness, Developer and Activator.
Which talent themes fit you best and why?
Responsibility is a natural part of who I am, and it plays an important part in my life. As the oldest child in a family of eleven, I took on duties at a young age generally reserved for adults. For example, before I left for school, it was my responsibility to cook for, clean and clothe all of my siblings. Consequently, responsibility has been a trait that I value since a very young age. My sense of responsibility has also shaped my professional life. Every day I strive to give my all. Hence, it is very important to be a dependable team member by taking responsibility for my actions and maintaining a positive attitude. In conclusion, responsibility is an important trait to me personally, professionally and spiritually. Prior to taking the strength finder assessment, I did not realize that responsibility was a strength of mine.

In what ways do you use your talents each day?

I truly believe that things happen for a reason. As a result, I believe that my role as a multicultural coordinator is exactly the position that I should be in. During my daily interactions with student, I always try to pass on values that have helped me throughout my academic and professional career. These values include Responsibility, Input, Connectedness, Developer and Activator. I inform students of color that it is their responsibility to be a developer and activator for their communities. With their connectedness to the community, they can provide great input into the discussion of equity and diversity at the University.
How have you worked to developed your talent themes?
As previously mentioned, I have benefited from the StrengthsFinder assessment because I was not aware of some of the strengths that I possess. Now that I am aware, it is my responsibility to develop a “StrengthFinder” workshop for the various student groups that I work with. Often, students of color are not aware of their strengths. Along the same lines, many students of color do not realize what they have to offer to the university. Just as the StrengthFinder assessment informed me of my strengths, this tool may help students of color realize the potential strengths that they have hidden. An increase in self efficacy can be very beneficial to the retention of students of color at the University of Minnesota. For these reasons, I plan to invest my time into developing a “hands-on” workshop modeled after the StrengthFinder assessment.

Success Story | Caity Sweet, Kinesiology

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Caity Sweet
Kinesiology | Clinical Movement Science
Spring 2011 Graduate
Northwestern University
Doctorate of Physical Therapy Student

How did you learn about your graduate program?
When I was researching physical therapy programs I found a number of schools around the country that I was interested in. After looking into the schools I decided to apply to Northwestern because of their great facilities, faculty members, clinical opportunities, and reputation in the field of physical therapy.
Describe your graduate program.
The DPT program at Northwestern University is a 3 year program, for the next year I will be studying anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and clinical decision making processes while working on a research project. The second year of school I will study a variety of clinical management courses specific to different types of injuries and illnesses. The final year of school I will be placed full-time in physical therapy clinics completing 2 clinical internships.
What steps did you take in the application process?
I applied to a number of schools through PTCAS, the centralized physical therapy school application system. In my application I included transcripts, GRE scores, 3 letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. After applying some schools offered interviews or require a supplemental application.
How did you help yourself stand out from other applicants?
To make myself stand out as a competitive applicant I made sure I had good GRE scores and grades. All of the schools I applied to require that you have shadowing hours so I obtained a variety of experiences in different types of settings. During my time at the U of M I made sure to get involved on campus in a variety of ways. Working in CEHD Student Services the past 4 years has taught me how to work in a professional environment, develop conflict fluency, and maintain professional relationships. Through my campus involvement, physical therapy experience, and time spent studying abroad I was able to draw from a lot of experiences to make my personal statement unique and memorable
Looking back, what did you find to be the most helpful during the graduate school application process?
The Academic Health Center on campus has a great online course called ‘Personal Statements for a Health Program’ that prepares you to write your personal statement. The course had a number of worksheets and tools to help me organize my thoughts. The APTA and PTCAS websites had great information as well. They had information about applying to each specific school and the program requirement as well as basic information such as location, cost, and size of the different schools.

What did you learn during the graduate school application process?

Through the application process I’ve learned a lot about myself including my strengths and weaknesses, why exactly I want to pursue a career in physical therapy, and what in physical therapy gets me excited. The self-awareness I gained from the application process helped me to choose the school that fit me the best.
Do you have any words of wisdom to share with others about your experience?
I would start studying for GRE early! Summer is a great time to take the test. I also recommend getting a variety of physical therapy experiences starting early. Getting to know physical therapists and your professors is important; you’ll need recommendations from them. And remember to ask earlier rather than later for recommendations.
Did you utilize career services? If so, what was your experience like?
I met with Angie in career services to go over my personal statement and then again before an interview. She was so helpful in organizing my thoughts into a cohesive statement. We also did some mock interview questions that helped calm my nerves and gave me practice!

Success Story | Ann Peckskamp, Family Social Science

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Ann Peckskamp
Family Social Science, Senior
Family Communication Project
Assistant Project Manager

How did you learn about your internship position?
It’s a long story – My advisor, Bibiana Koh, works as the recruiter for the project, so at my Family Social Science orientation meeting she asked if anyone would be interested in a position. I’m lucky that I was in the right place at the right time, otherwise I would have had no idea that this project even existed. I applied for the only open position of coder. How the project works is that families come in and are video taped doing a variety of activities. Then, a coder watches the video and assigns codes to different types of behaviors or interactions (e.g. how well the father communicates with the daughter, or how good the parents’ relationship is).
After both the preliminary and second interview for the position, Bibiana decided that my personality and skill set would be better utilized in a different area of the project. She recommended that I contact the assistant project manager (who would be leaving the project soon) and ask her to interview me for her position. So that’s how I ultimately found out about my current position.
What are your key responsibilities?
Administration: Taking minutes, writing agenda’s for meetings
Finances: Keeping track of budgets that are used for the project expenses, doing purchase orders, keeping in contact with the FSoS accountant to make sure her accounts line up with ours
Website: Being the liaison between the web designer and the project in order to keep the website updated
Miscellaneous: Making copies, going to the reuse center to pick up free office supplies when needed
Advisory board: Communicate with advisory board members about meetings, setting an agenda, and working with researchers about what information they want to present and getting it ready
What steps did you take in the application process?
First, I e-mailed my advisor (who told me about the position) asking for more information about the position. Then I updated my résumé so that it was current and reworded or modified my previous experiences so that they were more relevant to my prospective position. I wrote a cover letter highlighting my strengths and how my skills from previous experiences could be transferred to the coding position.
I had a first interview, and was informed that I might not be a good fit for the position, but that I would still be advanced to the second interview. After the second interview, Bibiana was confident that coding would not be a good match for me, but she felt strongly I should find a way to become involved with the project. So, she recommended that I talk to Emily Becher, the assistant project manager (see question #1). Emily and I communicated via e-mail to set up a time and place to meet so that she could interview me. We met at Caribou Coffee and discussed what the position entailed, how I could benefit the project, and how the project could benefit me. She offered me the position at the end of our interview.

How did you help yourself stand out from all the other applicants?

As a former elementary education major, a lot of my previous volunteer experiences weren’t relevant to my new position. While I was worried that this might make me a less desirable candidate, I worked really hard to show how my skills were transferable – and it actually worked to my advantage. It made me unique and it showed that I could bring things to the internship that other people couldn’t.
I’ve had some really good jobs with a lot of responsibilities, which most other undergraduates just don’t have. I’ve worked in a professional office and I also teach ACT test preparation for the same company. By having two positions in the same company, it shows that I’m loyal to my employers and that my employers believe that I’m a valuable employee, capable of accepting increasing responsibilities. I’ve made conscious efforts to grow my résumé with the most impressive positions that I can. It would have been easier to just get a job at a coffee shop or something, but in the long run, it’s paid off that I’ve made getting valuable job and volunteer experiences a priority in my life.
During my final interview, for the position that I actually accepted, Emily said that the one thing a lot of applicants had had trouble with, was articulating how the position would benefit the applicant. It’s unpaid, so she said that she wanted the position to go to someone that would get something out of it too. I said that I had gotten where I am today by means of making connections and knowing the right people, and that this position would give me access to a wide network of professors, professionals, and other students who could help to further me in my future careers. She seemed pretty impressed by that answer, so I would encourage other internship seekers to think about how they would answer a similar question.
What did you find most helpful during your internship search process?
Keeping myself on my future employer’s radar. I made sure to follow up with Bibiana on the same day that she presented the position to me. After I sent her my résumé, I contacted her a couple weeks later to see if I would be able to have an interview. After she told me that I was not right for the position, I asked what my other options were, and I contacted the people that she suggested right away. Just being very proactive was the most helpful thing that I did.
Do you have any tips to share with others?
Take advantage of your resources! I made an appointment with a career services counselor and I found practice interview questions, cover letter templates, and action verbs to strengthen my job descriptions on my résumé all on the CEHD Career Services website.
Don’t forget, your resources include people too! Build a network. I am friends with someone already working as part of the research project so I asked her what they look for in applicants. My advisor was the recruiter, so I made sure that I took the time to get to know her. I had my sister, an English major, read my cover letter and résumé. Anything that can give you inside knowledge or help to make connections will definitely make you stand out.

CEHD Strengths Spotlight | Anna Mraz, Academic Advisor

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At the University of Minnesota and in CEHD we feel every student has what they need to be successful. We believe in taking a strengths based approach and work with students to learn to use their talents so they can be developed into strengths.

Anna Mraz, Academic Advisor, talks about her strengths.
What are your top 5 talent themes?
Woo, Communication, Positivity, Empathy, Developer
In what ways do you use your talents each day?
As an academic advisor, I find that I use many of my talents each day at my job. I don’t think I could function very effectively if I did not understand and often demonstrate Empathy when students are explaining their concerns, questions and their lives to me.
My Developer theme helps me to notice and cultivate potential in others, something that I find well-suited to my job. I can think of many times in which I have been meeting with a student and remarked upon a previous semester of strong grades. “That is so great, well done!”, I will say (and most of the time the student will smile and sometimes even agree with me).
My Positivity theme can take on many different forms throughout the day. At work, I find that I am often someone who is energetic and positive in meetings and in informal gatherings with my colleagues. I find it easy to get others excited about almost anything simply by expressing my own enthusiasm. Further, I am frequently looking for ways to make a presentation/meeting/appointment/topic more fun. People tend to be happier when things are more fun and I am drawn to people who I perceive to have positive energy and who are also fun.
Communication is probably the primary way I spend my day, meaning that I am constantly engaged in it. If I am not emailing a student or colleague, I am speaking with them, or presenting to them, or perfecting a written document that will be distributed to a larger audience. If I am not at work communicating, I am at home communicating with my two young children and spouse. While some people find solace in silence I am drawn to conversations, both in – person and electronic.
Finally, the Woo. Woo is a talent theme I am still striving to understand for myself but I believe that that it intersects with my Communication and Positivity quite easily. I will sometimes be speaking with a student in an advising appointment and I will find myself wanting to ensure that student leaves the appointment happy – both with the information received and with me personally. In a nutshell, I strive to be well-liked, sort of like Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman”. In presentations I will find myself thinking of ways to engage with my audience so that they will enjoy the presentation (positivity!), understand the information presented (communication), and come away with a good opinion of the presented (Woo!).
How have you sought to develop your talent themes?
Before I knew anything about StrengthsQuest, I applied to a graduate program in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology in CEHD. As you might expect, much of the skills we worked to refine in this program were related to Empathy and Communication. Beyond graduate school, I frequently find that I volunteer to give presentations on various topics in order to practice my Communication skills while also better understanding how to use my Woo in group settings. Finally, I have taught an online class for the past several semesters that focuses on career planning. There are many instances in this class in which I draw upon my Developer theme as I encourage students on their career-planning journey.
I find that I can sometimes become more concerned about the feeling around a specific event (are people having fun, is the content clear, do they feel welcomed) as well as the enjoyment of simply meeting with colleagues with whom I enjoy spending time, that I can sometimes forget to step back and consider the ideas and processes related to the planning. In those cases, it is helpful for me to partner with colleagues with high Ideation, Achiever and Strategic.
What surprises you about your talent themes?

I was very surprised by the Woo. In fact, I emailed our Assistant Dean for Student Services to tell her that I thought StrengthsQuest was an invalid instrument because Woo was listed as my top talent theme! I was beyond surprised at that. After talking with her a bit and with some of my colleagues a bit more, I can see the Woo (or the drive to have others like me and to meet new people) but I am still working to understand how I express it.
Which talent themes fit you best and why?
While I can see aspects of my daily self in each of my top five talent themes, Communication and Positivity resonated the most with me when I first saw my results. I enjoy and appreciate good communication, both written and verbal and I appreciate it even more when it is delivered in an enthusiastic and positive way.
In presentations I will find myself thinking of ways to engage with my audience so that they will enjoy the presentation (positivity!), understand the information presented (communication), and come away with a good opinion of the presented (Woo!).
Visit Strengths at the U to learn more!

CEHD Strengths Spotlight | Jennifer Engler, Assistant Dean for Student Services

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At the University of Minnesota and in CEHD we feel every student has what they need to be successful. We believe in taking a strengths based approach and work with students to learn to use their talents so they can be developed into strengths.
Jennifer Engler, Assistant Dean of Student Services, talks about her strengths.
What are your top 5 talent themes?
Connectedness, Activator, Input, Relator, Communication
In what ways do you use your talents each day?
My Connectedness theme tends to be the driving force behind most of my days, efforts and source of energy. In almost every meeting, conversation, article or book I am reading, I routinely identify the links between ideas, events, or people. Fortifying the bonds between the people and projects that help improve the student experience gives me a sense of accomplishment, satisfaction and overall energy.
My other talent themes tend to serve in support of the automatic connections I see. My Input theme is often constantly running in the background doing what I like to refer to as “data download” seeking more and more information, facts, and patterns to help feed the connections the other part of my brain is trying to make.
My Relator theme thrives on knowing people on a deeper level and getting to know what is most important to them, what talent themes they rely on to make their life most fulfilling, and what drives them to do their best every day.
Of course, one of the best ways these connections can be made, enriched and maintained with others is through my Communication theme (lots and lots of it!). I find email almost addictive and I have piles and piles of articles, blogs, and books that I have yet to read, digest and share.
Finally, all of this happens for me very quickly – my Activator theme – I try to download the information quickly, my brain is making connections before all the information is in, and I am moving forward to communicate, connect with others, and move an effort, task, or project forward even before I am aware of the total plan or even outcome.
How have you sought to develop your talent themes?
I can move too quickly and I also often get caught up in all the connections I like to make between ideas, people and projects so I often try to partner with someone with Focus or Discipline themes. Colleagues with these talent themes help me stay on track and give attention to the details that can get lost for me in my haste or in the many connections that I pursue.
I have also realized that my Relator and Connectedness themes make it essential that I make time for family and close friends. I need the deep connection and quality moments in order to feed my soul and keep me energized and motivated to make a difference at home and in my work.

What surprises you about your talent themes?

At first, I didn’t like my Connectedness theme and I wasn’t sure how it helped me in my life, either at work or in my personal life. I resonated with the idea that I am a spiritual person and that I believe we are all connected and thus impact one another in with our thoughts and actions. However, it took me a while to see how the connections I was making in my head between people, ideas, projects and events was helpful in my leadership and coaching roles. I took for granted that everyone made the same connections and could see how they could be put to use to further projects and achieve goals that could ultimately help students.
Which talent themes fit you best and why?
Perhaps not surprising, I see the connections between how my talent themes work together and I like to see how each of them works in combination with the other.
How have your talent themes helped you as a leader to resolve conflict and find creative solutions ?
I am very energized by the ability to transform innovative ideas into immediate action. I like to work with creative and original thinkers, and then do whatever I can to support them to move their ideas from conceptual framework to effective and concrete practice. I enjoy spurring others into action, especially around areas that have been log jammed for a while. Removing the barriers and getting things done is a great delight to me!
Currently, I am working in student services to help everyone see how their programs and efforts fit in the larger picture. I am striving to build solid teams where people feel they are important to the organization and that the work that they do ultimately benefits students. I like the idea of using my Connectedness talents to break down silos, share knowledge and ultimately help people see the connections among their talents, their actions, their mission, and their successes. The ultimate goals is to help people believe in what they are doing and feel like they are part of something bigger that is making a true difference in the lives of others.
Visit Strengths at the U to learn more!

Deciding on your major? Looking for help?

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Come to one or more FRIDAY gatherings at the Career Services Center located in 411 Science Teaching and Student Services Building (STSS).
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Drop by anytime between 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm.

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Private Nanny Position Available (16+ hours/wk)

Help manage family’s evening routine, ensuring the children’s needs are met during this busy time of day.

  • 4 pm – 8 pm. Monday – Thursday
  • Aid in supervision of physical, safety and nutritional needs of children ages 2 years and 6 months.
  • Light cooking and household management activities.
  • Help create a fun, playful, and nurturing environment.
  • Occasional scheduling flexibility to support work-related schedule of parents
  • Support family values that emphasize:
  • Nurturing,
    Positive attitude,
    Independence,
    Listening and cooperation,
    Adherence to rules and gentle discipline

    Position would ideally begin on Monday, August 30, 2010.
    Contact:
    Sarita T. Finnie
    612-386-1582
    sarita_finnie@hotmail.com