What’s your strength?® - Let’s get started!

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Let's Get Started! is a simplified version of the award winning What’s your strength?®cards created by Careers Adviser, Katherine Jennick. 

Whether you support primary age children, learners with additional needs, or young people who just need things simplifying a little, this pack of cards will prompt thought-provoking conversation and empower young people to: 

  • Self reflect and develop self-awareness 
  • Discover their own skills and qualities 
  • Improve their confidence and self esteem 
  • Understand how their day-to-day lives help them develop transferable skills 
  • Discover which activities could help them develop new skills 
  • Help them to develop career planning skills such as CV writing and preparing for interviews.

The cards are colour coded so young people can explore strengths related to school subjects using the green cards, or their hobbies and life experiences using the purple cards. The words on each card link directly to one of the Skills Builder Essential Skills. 

They are widely used in schools/colleges across the UK and globally and are a recommended resource to support one of the six career development skills – “Grow Throughout Life” in the CDI (Career Development Institute) 2021 Career Development Framework.

The downloadable glossary offers clear and consistent definitions, and the instruction leaflet in the pack offers suggestions for reflective discussions and extension activities. There are also more ideas on how to use the cards in a free download called ‘Different ways to use Let’s get started! pack’ 


What’s your strength?® posters – to accompany the Let’s get started! cards

These 27 posters have been designed to complement the Let’s get started! pack of What’s your strength?® cards.

There are 9 subject posters based on a SEND curriculum to help students make tangible links between their school learning and their future lives. There are 18 posters with a mixture of activities and life experiences to reinforce positive messages about students’ unique life stories and strengths. The content for the posters has been designed with SEND professionals and link to the Skills Builder Essential Skills Expanded Framework.

The posters are provided as a digital download so you print and laminate to your own size requirements. As well as the 27 posters, there is a ‘Top Tips’ guide with ideas about how to use the posters to encourage career conversations and help students become more self-aware.

Top tips
  • Full instructions are provided with every pack, including several suggestions for using the cards for career planning, CV writing, self-belief exercises, and activities to do in pairs.
  • This is a great resource for any guidance practitioner as part of their repertoire of guidance tools.
  • Preparation is necessary to ensure supportive working during this activity.

“I adore the cards. I use them most days and honestly, they can bring out the quietest of students. They make everyone who uses them positive about themselves and we always have such positive conversations. They help students to focus less on what they don’t have (often qualifications) and focus on what they do have”

Hannah Gill

Director of Above and Beyond Careers Ltd

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