Talent Tuesday: Learner

What do we mean by Learner? 

The Clifton StrengthsFinder results describe this talent theme as follows; “You love to learn. The subject matter that interests you most will be determined by your other themes and experiences, but whatever the subject, you will always be drawn to the process of learning. The process, more than the content or the result, is especially exciting for you. You are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence. The thrill of the first few facts, the early efforts to recite or practice what you have learned, the growing confidence of a skill mastered — this is the process that entices you. Your excitement leads you to engage in adult learning experiences — yoga or piano lessons or graduate classes. It enables you to thrive in dynamic work environments where you are asked to take on short project assignments and are expected to learn a lot about the new subject matter in a short period of time and then move on to the next one. This Learner theme does not necessarily mean that you seek to become the subject matter expert, or that you are striving for the respect that accompanies a professional or academic credential. The outcome of the learning is less significant than the ‘getting there.'”

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 Learner theme continue to grow through learning.

Career Search Tips for Learner Talents:

  • Refine how you learn. If you learn best by teaching, seek out opportunities to instruct others.
  • If you learn best through reflection, carve out this quiet time.
  • Designate yourself as an early adopter for new technology, such as a new point-of-sale or back-office system. You will learn quickly and be able to share important advances with your colleagues and peers.
  • Honor your desire to learn. If you can’t fulfill this need at work, take advantage of adult educational opportunities in your community. Discipline yourself to sign up for at least one new academic or adult learning course each year.
  • Be a catalyst for change. Others might be intimidated by new rules, new skills, or new circumstances. Your willingness to soak up this “newness” can calm their fears and spur them to engage. Take this responsibility seriously.

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

By Rachel Linehan
Rachel Linehan CareerEdge Manager Rachel Linehan