Talent Tuesday: Futuristic

What do we mean by Futuristic? 

The Clifton StrengthsFinder results describe this talent theme as follows; “‘Wouldn’t it be great if…’ You are the kind of person who loves to peer over the horizon. The future fascinates you. As if it were projected on the wall, you see in detail what the future might hold, and this detailed picture keeps pulling you forward, into tomorrow. While the exact content of the picture will depend on your other strengths and interests — a better product, a better team, a better life, or a better world — it will always be inspirational to you. You are a dreamer who sees visions of what could be and who cherishes those visions. When the present proves too frustrating and the people around you too pragmatic, you conjure up your visions of the future and they energize you. They can energize others, too. In fact, very often people look to you to describe your visions of the future. They want a picture that can raise their sights and thereby their spirits. You can paint it for them. Practice. Choose your words carefully. Make the picture as vivid as possible. People will want to latch on to the hope you bring.”

If the above description describes you, be sure to read below for career tips and tricks tailored to your strengths!

People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme should take time to envision the future. Anticipate and imagine what could and should be.

Career Search Tips for Futuristic Talents:

  • Use your excellent planning skills to create a schedule of application deadlines and interviews to keep on top of your job hunt and maximize your chances of receiving an offer.
  • In interviews, highlight your strength by describing your vision of the future in as much detail as possible, especially when given questions regarding your future plans.
  • When facing rejections, utilize your strength to look to the future and overlook the pain and problems of today.
  • Career fields that are constantly changing in an unpredictable way may not be for you, as you excel in fields where you can create a long-term plan and stick to it.
  • In the workplace, motivate your colleagues with things that can be done in the future. For example, include some futuristic ideas in each of your group meetings, or write your vision for the future and share it with your colleagues.
  • Find a friend or colleague who possesses this theme. Set aside an hour a month for “future” discussions. Together you can push each other to include more creativity and detail.

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

By Rachel Linehan
Rachel Linehan CareerEdge Manager Rachel Linehan