What’s Your Career Personality Type?
The Holland theory is the most widely used career guidance
model in the world today. It was founded by Psychologist Dr. John Holland who
stated that there are six different areas into which all careers can be
categorized. These same six broad areas can be used to describe people’s
general personalities, interests and strengths. A person is most likely to find success and
fulfillment if his or her personality type matches the work environment.
Commonly known by its acronym “RIASEC” or interest areas, the
six Holland personality types are Realistic (R), Investigative (I), Artistic
(A), Social (S), Enterprising (E), and Conventional (C).
It’s important to find out your top three interest areas since no one is strictly just one type; in career guidance, the career advisor will interpret your results by looking at your three-letter code to give you a fuller picture of your vocational makeup. You can find out your Holland personality type combination by taking our free CareerMe Test here.
Here are descriptions of the 6 vocational personality types:
Realistic – The “Do-ers”
Realistic individuals are independent, practically minded,
and strong. You enjoy hands-on work that involves tools, machinery or physical
skill. You like outdoor activities and dealing with plants, animals, and
real-world materials. You prefer concrete rather than abstract problems.
competent in: Mechanics.
Typical realistic careers include mechanic, chef, engineer, police officer,
athlete, pilot, soldier, and firefighter.
Investigative – The “Thinkers”
Investigative individuals are analytical, intellectual, and
observant. You enjoy work that involves exploring ideas, theories, and solving
complex problems. You enjoy research, mathematical or scientific
activities. You prefer thinking over
doing, and data and ideas over people.
competent in: Science.
Typical investigative careers include economist, computer scientist, psychologist,
doctor, and pharmacist.
Artistic – The “Creators”
Artistic individuals are original, intuitive, imaginative
and creative. You enjoy work activities that deal with the artistic side of
things, such as forms, designs, and patterns. You value self-expression in your
work. You prefer flexible settings where work can be done without following a
clear set of rules.
Most competent in:
Typical artistic careers include musician, artist, interior designer, graphic
designer, actor, and writer.
Social – The “Helpers”
Social individuals are humanistic, idealistic, and concerned
with the welfare of others. You enjoy work activities that involve interaction
with people in the form of teaching, healing, counselling, training and being
of service to others. You prefer to be with people rather than to work with
objects, machines, or data.
Most competent in: Human Relations.
Typical social careers include social worker, counsellor, occupational
therapist, teacher, nurse, and librarian.
Enterprising – The “Persuaders”
Enterprising individuals are energetic, ambitious,
adventurous, sociable and self-confident. You enjoy work activities that
involve leading and persuading people, making decisions, and starting and
carrying out projects, especially business ventures. You like taking risks for
profit and prefer action rather than thought.
Most competent in: Leadership.
Typical enterprising careers include business owner, lawyer, politician, school
administrator, salesperson, real estate agent and judge.
Conventional – The “Organizers”
Conventional individuals are efficient, conforming,
organized and conscientious. You enjoy work activities that follow set
procedures and routines, and environments where the lines of authority are
clear. You prefer working with data over ideas. You prefer to provide support
to organizations by crunching numbers, running data, and performing clerical
Most competent in: Business.
Typical conventional careers include accountant, financial analyst, secretary,
bank teller and clerk.
A CareerMe advisor can help you understand more about your vocational
personality combination and guide you in applying this knowledge to your life.
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