The Marquette Strengths and Career Index (MSCI): Benefits to You

1. The MSCI is designed for those students or young adults.

2. Seven Benefits to the student/adult taking the The MSCI© with one-to-one consultation.

3. The MSCI allows the student to identify their strengths across four broad areas.


1. The MSCI is designed for those students or young adults who:

-are interested in knowing their strengths and possible career paths.

-are unclear about a career path.

-lack confidence.

-struggle with social anxiety.

-feel they don’t fit into a logical progression of study for a career, but have specific

-talent to develop and use.

-view themselves in a category of Neurodiversity or High

-Functioning or a diagnosed disability.

-has an Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

-have an Other Health Impairments (OHI) category.

2. Seven Benefits to the student/adult taking the The MSCI© with one-to-one consultation.

The MSCI©:

1. Engages the student, to read items and select their strengths in these areas: hard skills, self expression, personal preferences, and self awareness. Students show interest and curiosity to discover their best strengths.

2. Inquires about the heart and joy of a student’s interests and uniqueness.

3. Examines strengths in self emotional awareness:

personal capability: self regulation, trust worthiness, self confidence, conscientious, initiative, motivation, adaptability.

social capability: empathy, influence, political group awareness, communication, team capabilities, building bonds, service orientation, and collaboration/cooperation.

When the employer understands all the candidate’s strengths, including preferences and self emotional awareness, success is likely as well as the employee’s satisfaction at work.

4.Provides printout sheets of the individual/student’s findings of vocational/career options that match the student’s strengths. This can be empowering to the individual because he or she sees numerous options to choose a career direction.

5. Offers Power Practices©, which are activities designed to walk the student/individual through participation in career exploration, job tryouts, and job shadowing. Students get motivated and engaged during the career exploration process.

6. Offers Power Practices© which are activities to increase student/individual’s work readiness, choice, self advocacy including emotional adaptation for highest effectiveness on the job.

7. Assessment findings with the work through the Power Practices© can prepare the individual for employment and be valuable to employers hiring the individual for the purposes of knowing candidate’s varied strengths, interests and subtle support needs.

3. The MSCI allows the student to identify their strengths across four broad areas for the purposes of producing an AIS- EP (Abilities, Interests, and Self Awareness: Employment Profile) a. Hard/Skills, b. Self Expression, c. Personal Preferences, and d. Emotional strengths. When only one of these areas are examined. The most revealing thing about discovering a job or career path that is right for someone is that none of these areas alone can provide the necessary insight for truly satisfying work.

Hard Skill Strengths (academic and training) — 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 (multiple intelligences)— 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’s personal preferences are enhancements that 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.

Personal Capability

Self Awareness, Self Confidence, Self Regulation, Trust Worthiness, Conscientious, Adaptability, Motivation, Initiative

Social Capability

Empathy, Service Orientation, Political Group Awareness, Influence

Social Skill Capability Influence, Communication, Building Bonds, Team Capabilities