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HBC to offer free strengths assessment

March 02, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

HAGERSTOWN

Whether you're disciplined or flexible, individualistic or group-oriented, there is a job out there for you.

That was the message of John Brantley, the evening studies coordinator at Hagerstown Business College, which March 11 is offering community members a free opportunity to take assessments to identify their unique strengths.

The StrengthsQuest test,offered by the Gallup Organization, is an online assessment that identifies some of test-takers' most basic, underlying characteristics, like competitiveness, adaptability and empathy.

The tests take about 40 minutes, according to www.strengthsquest.com.

Access to the test normally sells for $25, with a paperback book costing $10 more. Brantley said Hagerstown Business College is offering it free from 9 a.m. to noon.

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By learning more about their strengths, Brantley said people can better identify the fields of work they are suited to do, and they learn to better exploit their talents.

The college has offered the test to all of its incoming students for the last year, and Brantley said both teachers and students have adapted their approaches to accommodate the strengths they have identified.

"A lot of it deals with, you know, some folks who could do some astounding things, if they just knew, 'Gosh, what am I good at?'" Brantley said.

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