John Holland: A Career Interest Test

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The Self-Directed Search (SDS) is a career interest test that asks questions about your aspirations, activities, skills, and interests in different jobs. This test is based on a career theory developed by John L. Holland (1997). Career theories can help individuals to identify the important things to consider in making a career decision. Also, theories about career choice and development try to predict some future events, such as satisfaction/dissatisfaction in a specific kind of work or development and things that one should be thinking about at a later life stage. Furthermore, they increase understanding about job dissatisfaction and mismatch. Holland developed his theory of vocational choice while he was a researcher at ACT, Inc., the non-profit organisation that makes one of the nation 's college entrance examinations as well as DISCOVER the computer/internet-based career planning system. Holland believes that people choose careers or careers are best suited to individuals’ personality and it is the principal factor in vocational choice. According to Holland 1997, there are four basic concepts to his theory; firstly, people can be described as a combination of two or more of six personality types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, Conventional; also, past experiences with jobs, worksites, school majors, and leisure activities influences persons into categorizing individuals into two or a combination of the six personality types; moreover,

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