There are things that you enjoy doing, whatever the industry or job title. The key to finding a satisfying career is to match your fundamental interests with occupations. For instance, a Social person would go crazy sitting alone in an office all day. Or if you are Artistic, you would probably hate having to conform to a set of strict rules in your job. That is why career and vocational tests can be so helpful.
According to Dr. John Holland‘s theory of careers and vocational choices, known as Holland Codes, there are six personality types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional.
While there are plenty of Holland Code tests out there, this is one you may want to try.
Test Instructions: The test consists of 48 tasks that you will have to rate by how much you would enjoy performing each on a scale of (1) dislike (2) slightly dislike (3) neither like not dislike (4) slightly enjoy (5) enjoy. The test will take most five to ten minutes to complete.
Participation: This test is provided for educational and entertainment use only. It should not be used as psychological advice of any kind and comes without any guarantee of accuracy or fitness for any particular purpose. Also, your responses may be recorded and anonymously used for research or otherwise distributed.
My personal Holland Code is that of an ICASER → (xx) = My favourite scales outcome
- Investigative → THINKER → Analytical, intellectual, scientific, explorative, thinker (27)
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
- Conventional → ORGANIZER → Detail-oriented, organizing, clerical (18)
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. There is usually a clear line of authority to follow.
- Artistic → CREATOR → Creative, original, independent, chaotic, inventive, media, graphics, and text (18)
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs, and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
- Social → HELPER → Cooperative, supporting, helping, healing/nurturing, teaching (13)
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
- Enterprising → PERSUADER → Competitive environments, leadership, persuading, status (12)
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking, and they often deal with business.
- Realistic → DOER → Practical, physical, concrete, hands-on, machine, and tool-oriented (12)
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems, and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
The list of suggested occupations for me includes some interesting hints. Potential professional challenges fitting my profile may be found here.
So after all, my Holland Code (that of an ICASER) properly ordered according to my test results suggests that…
…I was a thinking organized creator helping persuade doers.
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