What are people saying about What's your strength?®
The positive feedback has been overwhelming! Have a scroll through to read a selection of nearly 60 fantastic comments…..
"Using the cards, I have seen students who say they have no skills able to identify and communicate their strengths within minutes, and you can see them sitting up a bit straighter in their chairs"
Lis McguireCareer Guidance Practitioner
"Just had to say WOW! I've used What's Your Strength for the first time today and just wanted to say how useful they'd been. They are a great resource for any guidance practitioner as part of their repertoire of guidance tools"
Michelle TaylorManaging Director - Ideas4Careers
“Opened my eyes to new possibilities in relation to my strengths”
Year 12 studentRushcliffe School Sixth Form
"I've started using my cards in school. They're fab and so worth it. The positive reaction from students when they identify their skills and qualities is priceless."
Tracey BorsosCareers Coach - Futures For You
“Really helped me write my Personal Profile on my first CV”
Year 11 studentAlternative Provision Unit
“It is useful as it shows you the skills you have in a subject and when applying for a job you can see if the characteristics and skills they require are what you have”
Year 11 studentDjanogly City Academy
“I'm loving using 'What's Your Strength' cards in Year 11 guidance interviews at Woldingham School this week. Such an intuitive tool and a great conversation starter. It is honestly working a dream!"
Lis McGuire Career Guidance Practitioner
"These cards are amazing. They have made me understand my strengths and makes me want to concentrate on my weaknesses so I have more strengths. They have made me feel really happy!"
Year 11 StudentAlderman White School
"These little cards were really useful in helping me think about my strengths. In the beginning I had no idea but they actually helped me realise I have a lot!"
Year 11 StudentDjanogly City Academy
"We've been using these in schools we're working in - they're so beneficial for helping young people to think about their skills and qualities. A definite asset for any careers professional working with young people"
Luminate Careers and Coaching
"Using Katherine's cards is a great opportunity for teachers to help young people realise how many things they are actually good at!"
Member of the Start-Up Network Group
"OMG... These cards are amazing. A must for anyone interested in developing themselves or young people further!"
Asma IqbalBespoke Life Coaching
“Helped when I was unaware of my strengths in subjects”
YEAR 13 STUDENTRUSHCLIFFE SCHOOL SIXTH FORM
"I used these in three workshops on employability skills this week. Without fail, any student that was struggling to find something in their life that they did which demonstrated transferable skills was able to find at least one thing with the help of these cards. A terrific resource and highly recommended"
Dr Oliver JenkinCareer Development Consultant
"I have been using these cards myself in schools and have seen student engagement and confidence increase where they have gone from ‘I don’t know’ to recognising and celebrating the strengths they have developed from everyday tasks and in school, as well as what they have to offer to an employer and their wider community"
Michelle PowellMichelle Powell Senior Careers and Inclusion Consultant
"The cards made me realise how the average things I do everyday can link to how it might help me achieve the career I want, in a fun and simple way"
Year 11 studentAlderman White School
"I used What's Your Strength with some SEN students to think about their subjects and skills and their faces lit up!"
Liz Taylor Careers Coach
“Really went in depth and wakes up your mind”
Year 11 studentDjanogly city academy
"I found these cards very useful and they helped me to identify my strengths"
Year 11 StudentRushcliffe School
"It has really helped with particularly shy students. Great to be able to affirm to young people the skills they have. Highly recommend them"
Lynn AddisonCareers Adviser
"To see a young person go from struggling to come up with one strength to glowing with pride about a vast range of skills they've identified is a complete privilege. Thanks for your most bodacious resource"
Vicky FordPersonal Coach
"Love these cards. They inspire young people to realise that they are so much more than grades. A fantastic resource to use in career sessions"
Kay BanardCEIAG Coordinator
“Helped me to realise what I’m good at, and all my skills”
YEAR 11 STUDENTDJANOGLY CITY ACADEMY
"Its wonderful to help young people recognise their full potential! The What's Your Strength cards are amazing!"
Member of the Positively Empowered Kids Network
"My first student loved them! We had a really interesting discussion about skills that she didn't recognise in herself but understood how the subjects would help her develop those skills!
Super excited to keep using them!
Thanks for a fantastic resource!!"
Megan GrimleyCareers Advisor
"I bought the cards to help with my niece’s university application. We went through them before she wrote the application and it gave her both confidence and ideas. It really helped her think about what she had to offer and gave her some great buzz words to use in her statement. Totally recommend them!"
Rachel WilkinsonEvents Manager
"What's Your Strength helped me open my eyes to all of the different abilities I have gained from sport"
Year 11 STUDENTdJANOGLY CITY ACADEMY
"I didn't realise before that I had gained so many skills, just by studying something because I enjoyed it!"
Student working with Hannah WestCareers and Employability Professional
"I found it really helpful and informative because it helped me recognise my strengths"
year 11 studentRushcliffe School
"The brilliance of these cards is that no one can be left behind – there’s something for everyone.... This product really nails it.... It’s powerful in its simplicity."
(Excerpt from the review in the CDI Career Matters magazine)
Helen JanotaCareers and Labour Market Consultant
"The cards were really useful to get everyone thinking about their skills and how they have developed them. We then focussed on the skills and qualities they feel they have developed as a result of having a long term condition"
Dawn Bovey-PilkingtonProject Coordinator - Versus Arthritis
"Using What's Your Strength, all students ended with more skills than they gave themselves credit for, it made for some interesting discussions. Highly recommended product"
Bethany BridgesCEIAG and Employability Assistant
"I was quickly able to learn about my strengths which made me feel more confident and overjoyed!"
YEAR 11 STUDENT Djanogly City Academy
"I used the cards to help with my uni personal statement. They allowed me to find my best skills and strengths and apply them to my statement. They really were worthwhile"
Year 13 Student
"It’s really nice to find a good product that reflects what we do and what will help young people - I’ve been working with young people for nearly 30 years and its good to see something that will work with all abilities"
Alison BennettCareers Lead and Adviser
"My daughter was interested to see skills she hadn't thought of that she can use on degree apprenticeship applications"
Jennie ColeCareers Leader
"Your cards are brilliant and would be so useful to me in school working as a Careers Adviser and Mentor.
I love the way you pick out things that young people wouldn't necessarily think of as skills and show them how they could be transferable... that would really boost their confidence!"
Ellen DeavilleCareers Adviser, Confidence Coach and Mentor
"Just received your cards and
used them for the first time with a
client yesterday, then used The Buzz to see where the similarities are and deepen understanding of himself.
Worked a treat, thanks!"
Gayna EnglandCareers Adviser
"'What's Your Strength' is an amazing tool.... it can really empower young people and enable them to realise what things that they're good at and give them an entirely new focus and perspective... a strength based approach allows them to achieve and succeed"
Max EmersonProject Officer
"Using the cards made me realise all the underlying skills I have and how I could use these to enhance my employability"
Adult being supported by Scott CameronProject Worker / Careers Adviser
"Just before the summer I purchased some of your cards and have started to use these in digital meetings with students and it has been really helpful particularly during this time where COVID seems to have impacted their confidence and self awareness."
Emma BagnallCareers Practitioner
"I love using What's Your Strength cards. I find it a fantastic tool to "hook" the more 'reluctant' student in and engage them in 1:1s - as soon as they see the qualities and skills that they are already developing they begin to open up, relax into the session, and feel more at ease."
Sally RichardsonCareers Leader
"I used the cards with a lower ability
student who didn't think he was capable of much after school. Using the cards really showed him his wide skill set that he has developed. He left the meeting absolutely over the moon and a spring in his step!
Megan GrimleyCareers Advisor
"I used the fabulous What's Your Strength? cards and had a real "lightbulb moment" from this teen when she realised just how many skills and qualities she possessed.
We, of course, then got creative with it and created a massive (2 page) mindmap focussing on just 5 strengths to really emphasise the positives and use as a permanent reminder that can be referred to quickly"
Claire ClementsOwner of Positive Pants
“Looking for a job during lockdown has been hard and after years of successfully working, my self esteem and confidence were at an all time low. I was shortlisted for an interview – a virtual one which was a first for me so I was very anxious. I used my What’s your strength cards for inspiration. I couldn’t believe the skills I had forgotten about. The interview was a huge success and I got the job”
Ann SherwoodConsultant Bid Writer
"I used my cards in an employability workshop for adults and one of the participants said, "It gave me clarity and ownership of my strengths"
Lis McGuireCareer Guidance Practitioner
"I have just used these cards with my 14 year old son.
I can see us using them for many events and reasons over the next few years, including: improving his motivation, recognising his abilities, embracing who he is and help him to write CVs and prepare for interviews"
Debra PitchfordPerformance Development Coach and Trainer
"I've been having a great time with Year 8's using your wonderful What's My Strength cards. It's a great confidence boost for them and really links the skills they are continually learning both in and out of school!"
Susan GloverIndependent Careers Consultant
"I used the cards with my wobbly self hating child this week. She was so excited to hear all the skills she has and was beaming from ear to ear. She exclaimed I love it, I didn’t know I had that much great inside me’ thanks so much for them - we only read two cards!"
Ruth DruryChildren's Author
"We're enjoying using What’s your strength cards remotely and I have used them a lot for personal statements!"
Becky Rexworthy Careers and Work Experience Administrator
"The cards were so well received by my clients and really helped to develop their self-awareness and confidence! I have found it can be really empowering to show the links between actions/interests and real life skills but also to equip young people with the terminology they need to describe themselves which they also help with!"
Christiana PriceCareers Adviser.
“I used just 4 of the cards on my Zoom session. The group listed all the skills they could think of, shared their ideas, and then we looked at the other side of the cards. Many of them said they hadn’t even considered their skills from life experiences such as raising a family”
Mel Simmonds Employment Specialist
"I have used the cards virtually and definitely found them useful as it enabled the individuals to realise they have potential and ability. Very impressed with the outcome of the cards."
Tayyeba HussainCareers Adviser and Coach
"I love how the cards are written in positive strengths focused language, and empower people to identify and express transferable skills they have developed in their lives across many varied experiences"
Jenn BarfieldCareer Development Practitioner
"The cards have surprised me , I have absorbed the contents of my own strengths and gained an understanding of my own abilities right now.
Powerful.... Helping real world people"
Rob Deanowner of Fusion Garden Creations
"I would urge anyone involved in employability, careers guidance and development, parents, carers to check out the What’s Your Strength cards. I have had the pleasure of using these for coaching conversations with young people and adults alike and I can honestly say that they have been the key to unlocking the door for several challenging and vulnerable clients in terms of life and career goals"
Scott CameronQualified Careers Adviser
"I love helping people discover, rediscover, own & celebrate their strengths. So I am really excited about 'What's Your Strength' cards.
It's usually possible to imagine one or two skills or qualities we have developed through our life experiences, but not the wealth that we can identify through this practical tool.
Bravo Katherine for helping us to see things differently"
Nicola Tanner Career development coach
"The cards made me realise that I actually know myself very well"
YEAR 11 STUDENTDJANOGLY CITY ACADEMY
"I have started to use your 'What's your strength' cards - they are FAB! Thank you for creating this resource, I'm finding it works across all years really well"