Understanding & Identifying Strengths

Your Strengths include: 

-Skills                - Values, Biases and Assumptions
-Knowledge      - Personality Traits                           -Habits


  • Physical activities that you use when performing a task

  • Can be seen by other people

  • Abilities that are acquired through experience and education

  • Knowledge is required to perform the skill

Examples of skills include:

  • Repairing a cat

  • Writing a story

  • Public speaking

  • Performing surgery

What are some of your skills?




People have different levels of skills. For example: 

  • You may be great at writing. Your friend might be good at it.

  • You may be good at fixing things. Your father may be great at it.

  • You and your sister may both be great at speaking to other people.

When it comes to skills, there will always be a "bigger fish." There will always be someone who does it better, faster, cleaner, with greater style, etc. This does not make us any less of a person, just as being the bigger fish doesn't make us more of a person. Each person is a combination of strengths and weaknesses, and when it comes to skills this means that we all have strong skills and weaker skills. 


Knowledge is what we can recall from our memory and understand. It includes: 

  • Information

  • Facts

  • Concepts

  • Principles

Sometimes, knowledge is not related to a skill. For example: 

  • You know Halifax is in Nova Scotia.

  • There is no skill associated with that knowledge

Other times, knowledge is related to a skill. For example:

  • A bus driver has to know where Halifax is (knowledge) in order to drive a bus there (skill).

You can have knowledge about how to do something, but if you don't use it, you will not develop the skill. For example: 

You read a book on how to play the guitar (knowledge), but you have never played the guitar (a skill that you have not developed yet).

What are some examples of things that you have knowledge about? For fun, think of one or two fun facts or pieces of "trivia" to share with the group! 

Employers want to know how your knowledge relates to the job. However, some employers prefer people with limited knowledge, but who are willing and able to learn and have a positive attitude.