To my knowledge, the MSCI is the first self assessment and vocational index of its kind that allows the individual to identify their strengths across four broad domains: a. Hard/Skills, b. Self Expression, c. Personal Preferences, and d. Emotional strengths.
Hard Skill Strengths– The MSCI’s hard strengths represent both interests with cognitive skills necessary for specific jobs and careers. It is important to note that cognitive skills alone do not always equal the requirements to have the career you want.
Self Expression Strengths– The MSCI’s strengths are drawn from the framework of Gardner’s multiple intelligences model. Many individuals with ASD have genius capacities in the music, arts, and math that can lead to careers and self employment options. The nine intelligences are important to recognize. The noted strengths can lead to an idea for a business or self employment. These are real abilities and many individuals have extraordinary talents that are highly valued in society.
Personal Preference Strengths– The MSCI personal preferences are enhancements that positively support motivation, participation, or performance. Once understood how to apply, these strengths can promote general ease. Knowing one’s personal preferences can be powerful. The individual preferences can make the significant difference in being able to acquire work and to maintain a job or career. I call it ‘in the groove’. A person is most ‘in their groove’ or ‘in their own skin’ when understanding and using their personal preferences. They can act as a connector to enable participation or socializing. Your MSCI findings will be presented within these 11 domains.
a. Structure and Environments, b.Career – Environments, People c. Environments and Activity, d. Motivation to Training or Advanced Education, e. Structure – patterns in solving a problem, f. patterns in learning, g. communication tools, structure, environments, people, structure, i. environments, working independently, j. connected to others, k. equipment supports in environments.
The MSCI Emotional Strengths-
Emotions drive everything we do. I believe emotions are as important if not more important than cognitive skills because they represent how a person responds. Emotional strengths increase adaptive capacities in settings to learn and work. Having hard skill ability alone will not guarantee an individual’s effectiveness in a career. It is important the individual identify emotional strengths and then with practice, they can be further developed.
These explain what your emotional strengths mean to your career effectiveness. Your MSCI findings on Emotional Strengths will be presented within these 15 Domains.
Self Awareness, Self Confidence, Self Regulation, Trust Worthiness, Conscientious, Adaptability, Motivation, Initiative
Empathy, Service Orientation, Political Group Awareness, Influence
Social Skill Capability Influence, Communication, Building Bonds, Team Capabilities