Application to Become a Student Strengths Coach is Now Open

Student strengths coach Shivang Vaidya (right) leads a one-on-one coaching session.
Student strengths coach Shivang Vaidya (right) leads a one-on-one coaching session.

Does your student want to help others be their best? Do they get a kick out of helping all types of students discover and develop their innate talents? Do they excel at inspiring and empowering others? Are they great at conversation and seeing the strengths of others?

The Clifton Strengths Institute is looking for potential student strengths coaches to work with first-year students in the College of Business and be part of a groundbreaking approach to student success. Students selected will be trained and certified as a Clifton Strengths Institute Student Strengths Coach and work with a team of 80 strengths coaches who mentor more than 750 first-year business students in the Professional Enhancement I Investing in Strengths course.

Required for all first-year business students, the course aims to help students develop and apply strengths to achieve academic, personal and professional success using the CliftonStrengths assessment. During the course, coaches lead team meetings of up to 10 students once a week and two 30-minute one-on-one strengths coaching sessions for each team member. They also help facilitate discussions during class.

"Starting their college career by identifying their natural talents and strengths prepares our students to be successful," said Mark Pogue, executive director of the Clifton Strengths Institute and assistant professor of practice in management. "The individualized coaching helps them apply their strengths toward their goals to help reach their potential."

Prospective coaches complete an application and interview process. Once selected, they will register for the Student Strengths Coach Training course (MNGT 398) offered in the Spring 2018 semester where they gain skills leading and managing teams, and expertise in student development and positive psychology in addition to learning the 34 themes of the CliftonStrengths assessment and how to coach others to maximize their top strengths.

"We select students who have the passion and energy to positively impact the lives of others and the innate talent to easily connect and communicate with people to help guide their development," said Samantha Kennelly, Clifton Strengths Institute coordinator. "First-year students thrive when our coaches recognize their unique potential and guide them to succeed by leading with their strengths."

To learn more about the opportunity and the application process, visit: Application deadline is Sunday, October 1, at 5 p.m.