MI Advantage

The MI Advantage, published by HumanEsources, is based on Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences.  He defined multiple intelligences as the human ability to solve problems or design or compose something valued in at least one culture.  This definition broadens the scope of human potential.  For students, it helps them build self-confidence by understanding the many ways that they are intelligent.  The MI Advantage connects multiple intelligences to careers.  

The MI Advantage is integrated into CollegeScope, an interactive online textbook (see below), and included in Career Success.  The theory of multiple intelligences and a simple checklist with career information is included in all of my textbooks. 

Definitions and Related Occupations 

Here is a list of multiple intelligences with brief definitions and related occupations:

Musical intelligence involves hearing and remember
ing musical patterns and manipulating patterns in music.  Some occupations connected with this intelligence include musician, performer, composer, and music critic.  

Interpersonal intelligence is defined as understanding people.  Occupations connected with this intelligence involve working with people and helping them, as in education or health care.  

Logical-Mathematical intelligence involves understanding of abstract principles and manipulating numbers, quantities, and operations.  Some examples of careers include mathematician, tax accountant, scientist, and computer programmer.

Spatial intelligence involves the ability to manipulate objects in space.  For example, a baseball player uses spatial intelligence to hit a ball.  Occupations include pilot, painter, sculptor, architect, inventor, and surgeon. 

Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence is defined as being able to use your body to solve problems.  People with bodily-kinesthetic intelligence make or invent objects or perform.  Occupations include athlete, performer (dancer, actor), craftsperson, sculptor, mechanic, and surgeon. 

Linguistic intelligence involves skills with language and words.  People with this intelligence have good reading, writing, and speaking skills.  Linguistic intelligence is an asset in any occupation.  Careers include writing, education, and politics.

Intrapersonal intelligence is the ability to understand yourself and how to best used your natural talents and abilities.  Careers include novelist, psychologist, or being self-employed.  

Naturalist intelligence involves recognizing, classifying, and analyzing plants, animals, and cultural artifacts.  Occupations include botanist, horticulturist, biologist, archaeologist, and environmental occupations.  

Existential intelligence is the capacity of ask profound questions about the meaning of life and death.  It is the cornerstone of art, religion, and philosophy.  Related occupations include minister, philosopher, psychologist, and artist.

Emotional intelligence is related to interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligences.  It is the ability to recognize, control, and evaluate your own emotions while realizing how they affect people around you.  Emotional intelligence affects career success, because it is related to our ability to express ourselves, work as part of a team, concentrate, remember, make decisions, deal with stress, overcome challenges, deal with conflict, and empathize with others.  Additional information about emotional intelligence is available in any of my textbooks.   

Additional information about the MI Advantage can be found at the HumanEsources website.

Take the MI Advantage

Take the assessments using this complimentary guest pass (for faculty only): 

Visit www.humanesources.com
Click on Login
Enter the Access Key: C2Q3X6V
Create an account to access all the assessments and the career center

If you are interested in purchasing this assessment for your students, contact Carla Lundman at: carlal@humanesources.com


To view the interactive online textbook, CollegeScope, Career Edition, including the career assessments, follow these steps:

Go to: www.collegescope.com/careeredition 
Log in as: staffsample@hes.com 
Use this password: careerdemo

If you have additional questions or you would like to have your own faculty account, contact Carla Lundman at carlal@humanesources.com 

Click this link for a Video Overview of CollegeScope.


For classroom exercises and handouts related to this topic, see the Instructor Manual for Multiple Intelligences.

This site has links to additional information on multiple intelligences.