StrengthsQuest™ (SQ) is a program that helps us learn what we do best, and then how to build our studies, careers, and lives by capitalizing on those talents. Focusing on our individual talents, abilities, and ways of seeing and interacting with the world around us can help us more easily overcome obstacles while increasing our motivation and the likelihood of success.
MVCC StrengthsQuest Philosophy
At Mohawk Valley Community College we believe that every student comes to us with the ability to succeed academically. By understanding the combination of unique talents that inform the natural ways that they think and feel, our students are able to unlock their potential. To this end, MVCC utilizes Gallup’s StrengthsQuest StrengthsFinder assessment to help them to better understand their strengths and to apply them to their lives with a philosophic foundation that is grounded in positive psychology.
How does it work?
StrengthsFinder is a personality assessment inventory from the perspective of Positive Psychology. It is the first assessment instrument of this type developed expressly for the Internet. Over a secure connection, it presents 177 questions to the participant. Each question consists of a pair of potential self-descriptors, such as "I read instructions carefully" versus "I like to jump right into things." The descriptors are placed as if anchoring polar ends of a continuum. The participant is then asked to choose from the pair the statement that best describes him or her, and also to what extent that chosen option is descriptive. The respondent is given 20 seconds to respond to a given pair of descriptors before the system moves on to the next pair.
After completion of the inventory, the results are calculated and the participant is provided with a list of their Top 5 Themes based on their answers. Learning about these Themes is the first step toward learning how to excel in one’s personal, academic, and professional life by revealing ways to help the participant capitalize on skills and talents that come naturally to them.