Programme: Young Professionals

2. Discover your Strengths

‘What are your strengths and weaknesses?’ You have probably come across this standard interview question before. But the more you think about it, the harder it becomes to answer. What are your best qualities? What are your weaknesses? Answering this question puts you in a position of vulnerability - how can you answer it without being rejected?


Analysing your own strengths and weaknesses can be very beneficial. Acknowledging areas which you need to work on is the first step towards personal and professional development. It might surprise you to learn that your strengths and weaknesses are often linked to each other. For example, patience is often considered to be a strength; but if you display too much patience, you may come across as hesitant or uncertain. Or perhaps you like to make sure every detail is perfect but you find it hard to see the bigger picture. Even your strengths need to be kept in balance!

Tip
Focus on your strengths. Do you have a tendency to focus more on your weak points? Don’t forget that weaknesses are linked to strengths. The exercises on this card will help you to link your strengths and your weaknesses to each other. This will give you more insight and help you to find a natural balance. 


Reflect & connect

Answer these questions and share your answers with your online psychologist, your partner and/or a friend:

1.Name three of your strengths and three of your weaknesses.

2. Ask other people who know you what they believe to be your strengths and weaknesses.

3. Do you notice anything? Are there similarities and differences between the answers? What insight does this give you?

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