Talent Tuesday: Analytical

What do we mean by Analytical? 

The Clifton StrengthsFinder results describe this talent theme as follows; “Your Analytical theme challenges other people: “Prove it. Show me why what you are claiming is true.” In the face of this kind of questioning some will find that their brilliant theories wither and die. For you, this is precisely the point. You do not necessarily want to destroy other people’s ideas, but you do insist that their theories be sound. You see yourself as objective and dispassionate. You like data because they are value free. They have no agenda. Armed with these data, you search for patterns and connections. You want to understand how certain patterns affect one another. How do they combine? What is their outcome? Does this outcome fit with the theory being offered or the situation being confronted? These are your questions. You peel the layers back until, gradually, the root cause or causes are revealed. Others see you as logical and rigorous. Over time they will come to you in order to expose someone’s “wishful thinking” or “clumsy thinking” to your refining mind. It is hoped that your analysis is never delivered too harshly. Otherwise, others may avoid you when that “wishful thinking” is their own.”

Kristine Vidic, one of our dedicated Career Advisors and Strengths Coach Extraordinaire has the following advice for students with Analytical in their Top 5 Strengths. If the above description describes you, be sure to read below!

People who are especially talented in the Analytical theme can make things happen through logic and thorough data analysis. Thus, you’ve got to learn how to capitalize on that strength!

Career Search Tips for Analytical Talents:

  • One thing students with analytical talent are good at is weighing evidence.
  • When conducting informational interviews, analytical talents are fantastic at creating quality questions to ask during the meeting.
  • Talk to people who work in such fields as accounting, finance, sciences, forensics or computer technology. These fields involve data analysis and problem solving which is a strong interest.
  • Explore jobs that allow you to make decisions based on your evaluation of facts, data, tangible evidence, and research findings.
  • Working with data and systems analysis, engaging in research, and critiquing ideas tend to bring out the best in an analytical student.

Below is a video created by the Gallup Strengths Center that goes into more detail about the Analytical Talent Theme and how it can help you on your path to success!

By Caroline Gervais
Caroline Gervais Student Director, CareerEdge & Event Planning Team