HOW TO FIND YOUR CAREER AND WHAT TO STUDY BASED ON HOLLAND'S HEXAGON
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For us to determine who and what we want to be, we need to know what our interests in life are. If we already have a picture, then the information below will just make it easier. But what if we have no clear picture? This is where we can help and you can help yourself making use of free resources that are available if you know about it and where to look for it. Everything is available below on the web links. There are other sources available, but I found these to be very user-friendly.
Holland’s Six Personality Types
Per John Holland’s theory, most people are one of six personality types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. The question then remains which personality types defines you and what do they mean.
Here is a summary of the six job personality and work environment types based on Holland:
1. Realistic (Do’er) – Prefers physical activities that require skill, strength, and coordination. Traits include genuine, stable, conforming, and practical. Example professions include architect, farmer, and engineer.
2. Investigative (Thinker) – Prefers working with theory and information, thinking, organizing, and understanding. Traits include: analytical, curious, and independent. Example professions include lawyer, mathematician, and professor.
3. Artistic (Creator) – Prefers creative, original, and unsystematic activities that allow creative expression. Traits include: imaginative, disorderly, idealistic, emotional, and impractical. Example professions include: artist, musician, and writer.
4. Social (Helper) – Prefers activities that involve helping, healing, or developing others. Traits include cooperative, friendly, sociable, and understanding. Example professions include counsellor, doctor, and teacher.
5. Enterprising (Persuader) – Prefers competitive environments, leadership, influence, selling, and status. Traits include ambitious, domineering, energetic, and self-confident. Example professions include Management, Marketing, and Sales Person.
6. Conventional (Organizer) – Prefers precise, rule-regulated, orderly, and unambiguous activities. Traits include conforming, efficient, practical, unimaginative, and inflexible. Example professions include accountant, clerk and editor.
To determine which one you are, there are 3 sources of the same assessment which includes a printable version that can also be distributed to people who do not have access to computers.
Online Assessment –
Click on the relevant personality types that match your type/s that you have identified and work through it from there and explore.
Additional career information is available for the following site which has an even more comprehensive list available especially if you have 2 dominant personality types identified which narrows it down a bit further.
I will suggest to start with the first site above then move from there to the following.
An even more comprehensive site with careers is available from the following link.
Here by changing the headings in the selection box on top you can then start exploring in greater depth looking at the different components that may be needed to fulfil jobs. There are so many aspects that can be looked at, but all will be helpful in zoning into those areas which will help you to find an optimum match.
So what happens if you still come out with more than 2 types of personality with no distinctive personality coming to the fore. Well, no harm it is just going to take a bit more work from yourself to narrow it down. Go back to the 6 personality types and start working through them with the help of a relative or a very close friend that knows you very well, and start eliminating what you do not like and then work back from there to what you prefer.
Please note that to find your personality type if you identify 2 or more types of personalities, that they should be located adjacent to each other. If they are opposite, you must work at eliminating the weakest of the 2. The following might be useful in this instance.
Holland’s Hexagon of Job Personalities
This section summarises effectively how the environments complement or do not complement each other.
Holland created a hexagon view to show the relationships of job personality types. Job personality types closer to each other are more alike. Job personality types further away are least alike.
O*NET Interest Profiler (Holland Codes Quiz) – Occupational Information Network (O*NET): US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration
Student Services: Holland Codes Quiz – Rogue Community College
Take the Quiz – Sheridan College
O*NET Holland Codes Interests Matched to Careers– Occupational Information Network (O*NET): US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration
“Crack Your Holland Code” – Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
“Career Coaching for the Playdate Generation,” New York Times, April 7, 2016
“Green Careers Resource Guide (2007) by Jim Cassio” (Holland Codes, pages 9-10) – Colorado College
Holland Code and College Majors – Central Oregon Community College
Holland Hexagon – Purdue University
Career Services: Majors By Holland Code – University of Oklahoma