The SuperStrong® Assessment

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Origins of the SuperStrong® Assessment

The SuperStrong® assessment was derived from one of the most widely used career tools in the world: The Strong Interest Inventory® assessment. Developed by Dr. Edward K. Strong, Jr. (1884-1963) over 90 years ago, he sought to create a way to measure vocational interests to help people become more aware of their own interests and personality traits and map those to satisfying jobs and careers.

The Strong assessment has helped academic and business organizations develop talent and has guided thousands of people—from high school and college students to midcareer workers seeking a change—in their search for a rich and fulfilling career.

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Why the SuperStrong Assessment?

Occupational Theme Circular Chart

While the Strong Interest Inventory assessment is still widely used, education has changed and is shifting day after day. The Myers-Briggs Company set out to tackle some of the most pressing issues education faces today: low retention and engagement, dismal completion rates, low persistence, ability to offer broader access to career tools, tackling “undecided” or “undeclared” students to find the right major, and more. From this stemmed the creation of a 60-item instrument called the SuperStrong assessment, based on the Strong tool—with the same reliability and validity standards (read the SuperStrong Technical Brief for more information).

The SuperStrong assessment is available only through the VitaNavis® platform and is quick, engaging, and easy to take through any mobile device (and has been translated into Spanish).

Find Your Fit

The SuperStrong assessment not only helps students identify their interests (based on Holland’s RIASEC theme codes), but it also maps to careers and vocations, with real-time data from IPEDS, BLS, and ONET so they can explore different Career Pathways.

The Holland Code

Dr. John Holland’s theory of personality types and work environments was added to the Strong Assessment in its 1974 revision. The Strong is the only empirically derived RIASEC assessment. Holland’s theory is based on four main assumptions:

1. Most people can be categorized into one or some combination of the six RIASEC Themes.
2. Work environments can be divided into these six Themes and each is suited for a certain type of person.
3. People seek environments that complement their personality and avoid work that they do not like.
4. The match between a person's personality and their work environment influences their job performance, satisfaction, and stability.




Realistic

the doers

Personality
Doers are likely to be found fixing, building, or tinkering. Friends would describe them as independent, practical, modest, and sometimes stubborn.
College Majors
  • Agriculture
  • Natural Resources
  • Hospitality
  • Health Services
  • Administrative Justice
  • Civil Engineering
Work Style
Doers want to dress comfortably and work somewhere with few distractions. They just want to get in there and get the job done.
Careers
  • Mechanic
  • Firefighter
  • Electrician
  • Forester
  • Farmer
  • Surgeon

Investigative

the thinkers

Personality
Thinkers are likely to be working, or researching for fun. Friends would describe them as inquisitive, and good at playing trivia.
College Majors
  • Math
  • History
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Philosophy
Work Style
Thinkers like to work on difficult problems that take time and effort to solve. They're not likely to enjoy repetitive and unsurprising work.
Careers
  • Technician
  • Scientist
  • Optometrist
  • Analyst
  • Web Developer
  • Professor

Artistic

the creators

Personality
Creators are likely to be creating, admiring, or collecting art. Friends would describe them as spontaneous, independent, fun, and sometimes dramatic.
College Majors
  • Sociology
  • Journalism
  • English
  • Music
  • Graphic Design
  • Dance
Work Style
Creators enjoy work that doesn't involve a lot of rules or predictability. They want freedom and flexibility to do their magic.
Careers
  • Attorney
  • Reporter
  • Illustrator
  • Author
  • Anthropologist
  • Game Designer

Social

the helpers

Personality
Helpers are likely to be found volunteering or using social media. Friends would describe them as warm, outgoing, and cooperative.
College Majors
  • Advertising
  • Education
  • Communications
  • Hospitality
  • Management
  • Medicine
Work Style
Helpers want to be around people as much as possible. They want to give advice, get advice, and solve problems through talking.
Careers
  • Therapist
  • Tour Guide
  • Teacher
  • Nurse
  • Counselor
  • Social Worker

Enterprising

the persuaders

Personality
Persuaders are likely to be found organizing a party or competing in an event. Friends would describe them as intense, energetic, and decisive.
College Majors
  • Management
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Public Speaking
  • Finance
Work Style
Persuaders often like to take the lead and rally others to get something done. They like to delegate and organize coworkers to accomplish more work.
Careers
  • Lawyer
  • Florist
  • Investor
  • Realtor
  • Salesperson
  • Flight Attendant

Conventional

the organizers

Personality
Organizers are likely to be playing games or buying collectibles. Friends would describe them as well-mannered, practical, and accurate.
College Majors
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Legal Studies
  • Finance
  • Math
  • Computer Science
Work Style
Organizers enjoy turning chaos into order. They are likely to enjoy work that involves a lot of details that need to be reviewed and sorted into a system.
Careers
  • Paralegal
  • Banker
  • Pharmacist
  • Administrator
  • Professor
  • Librarian

Further Reading

SuperStrong Technical Brief

Technical Brief for the SuperStrong assessment.

Strong Technical Brief

Technical brief for the newly revised Strong Interest Inventory assessment. Content, Reliability, and Validity.

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Validity Research

Studies have found the GOTs to be predictive of work-related variables (Donnay & Borgen, 1996; Rottinghaus, Lindley, Green & Borgen, 2002).

Research has shown the BISs can accurately distinguish occupations (Borgen & Lindley, 2003; Isaacs, Borgen, Donnay & Hansen, 1997; Larson & Borgen, 2002).

Validity of the PSSs has been supported through research showing their relationships with the Skills Confidence Inventory (Tuel & Betz, 1998) and MBTI instruments (Hammer & Kummerow, 1996).

Validity of the OSs has been demonstrated in research showing their ability to predict the occupations that people will eventually enter (Strong, 1935, 1955; Campbell, 1966; Harmon, 1969; Hansen & Swanson, 1983; Dirk & Hansen, 2004).

References

    Borgen, F. H., & Lindley, L. D. (2003). Optimal functioning in interests, self-efficacy, and personality. In W. B. Walsh (Ed.), Counseling psychology and optimal human functioning (pp. 55-91). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Press.

    Campbell, D. P. (1966). Occupations 10 years later of high school seniors with high scores on the SVIB life insurance salesman scale. Journal of Applied Psychology, 50, 369-372.

    Dirk, B. J., & Hansen, J. C. (2004, February). Development and validation of discriminant functions for the Strong Interest Inventory®. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 64 (1), 182-197.

    Donnay, D. A. C., & Borgen, F. H. (1996). Validity, structure, and content of the 1994 Strong Interest Inventory®. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 43, 275-291.

    Hammer, A. L., & Kummerow, J. K. (1996). Strong and MBTI® career development guide (rev. ed.). Mountain View, CA: CPP, Inc.

    Hansen, J. C., & Swanson, J. L. (1983). Stability of interests and the predictive and concurrent validity of the 1981 Strong-Campbell Interest Inventory for college majors. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 30, 194-201.
    Rottinghaus, P. J., Lindley, L. D., Green, M. A., & Borgen, F. H. (2002). Educational aspirations: The contribution of personality, self-efficacy, and interests. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 61, 1-19.

    Strong, E. K., Jr. (1935). Predictive value of the Vocational Interest Test. Journal of Educational Psychology, 26, 332.

    Strong, E. K., Jr. (1955). Vocational interests 18 years after college. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

    Tuel, B. D., & Betz, N. E. (1998). Relationships of career self-efficacy expectations to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and the Personal Style Scales. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 31, 150-163.

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