Career counsellors are often the first point of contact for students looking for career guidance and insights. This is where Wingfinder comes in useful as a starting point - career counsellors can use Wingfinder to help students gain self-insight and self-awareness to kick-start the career conversation.
Wingfinder is based on 30 years of psychological research, carried out across thousands of scientific studies and analyses that clearly point to four areas, more influential than any others, as components of employability and career success for knowledge-based jobs.
Connections measures how you manage relationships and how you manage yourself.
Creativity measures how you adapt, create alternatives and seek out novel information or experiences.
Thinking looks at your ability to reason abstractly and solve complex problems.
Drive measures your motivation, ambition and self-discipline towards pursing goals and handling setbacks.
Free Self-Insight: Wingfinder and our Career page are free and easy tools for students to explore their strengths and learn how to best leverage them. Students gain self-insight and meaningful positive feedback about their strengths, with coaching guidance for action and development in their work.
1:1 Strengths-Coaching: Career counsellors can benefit from Wingfinder and the Career page, as both can be leveraged as pre-work. This way students have a starting point and come in prepared, making the face-to-face time more efficient and effective.
Career Resources: Wingfinder and our Career page offer a variety of resources and activities career counsellors can use. Ranging from using self-insight for a CV writing workshop to teaching students how to achieve peak performance by leveraging their strengths.
Invite students to take part in a 1:1 Strengths Coaching to teach them how to leverage their strengths. As pre-work, the student completes Wingfinder to gain more self-awareness. Building on the student’s self-insight, you can coach the student on how to best communicate their strengths and weaknesses, illustrated by real life examples.
Ask students to send you both their Talent Passport and individual Feedback Report before the coaching session. The one-page Talent Passport summarizes their top 4 strengths and describes the behaviours that come naturally to the individual and the behaviours that might raise challenges.
The individual Feedback Report can be the focus of the coaching session. It elaborately analyses the student’s strengths split into the four key personality factors and includes a coaching plan. The following example feedback report is a great basis to learn how to interpret the report which can then be used as coaching guidance.
What do you think your friends and professors would say about your strengths and limitations?
What motivates you to wake up and tackle each day?
What are your passions outside of university/work?
How do you see your top 4 strengths coming to life at work (internships, part-time…)?
What is it you are most proud of from your career? Why is that and do you see a connection to your strengths?
Under stress and pressure have you noticed any of the “On a bad day” behaviours happening?
How can you use this experience and knowledge to improve?
What do you need to perform best?
How does the role you’re applying for allow you to leverage your strengths?
What parts of the role will bring you the most satisfaction?
What tasks are you looking forward to the most?
What tasks are you not sure about and why? What would you need to perform best?
What parts of your role are not clear yet? How can you gain clarity on them?
Provide your alumni or staff with an exclusive workshop that focuses on helping them to achieve high-performance at work through self-insight. The workshop is suitable for both managers and individual contributors.
Here you find all activities that we offer to students and which could be leveraged as pre-work. Ranging from exploring your strengths, to preparing for your application and interview. Either work through the individual activities below, or take the interactive Develop yourself with wingfinder e-learning that uses a short quiz to identify which activities you need to focus on the most. Give students wings to land their dream job.
Red Bull Wingfinder is an accurate, free personality assessment that focuses on your strengths.