A Career Test – Your Future Job and Your Career Interests

  • Career Test – As you mature and gain experience, you will develop preferences for certain types of work and working environments
  • People who enjoy their jobs usually have an interest in what they do
  • If, for example, you have a genuine interest in working with people, then you will be motivated to find a job that involves you with people
  • If you really like working with figures then you are likely to look for a job that requires number skills


A Career Test – Holland’s Interest Types

The psychologist John Holland developed a very useful group of occupational categories. He found that people’s career interests drew them to particular types of occupation.


His interest types were called:

  • Realistic
  • Investigative
  • Artistic
  • Social
  • Enterprising
  • Conventional



  • Likes to work with animals, tools or machines; generally avoids social activities like teaching, counselling, nursing, and informing others
  • Has good skills in working with tools, mechanical drawings, machines or animals
  • Values practical things you can see and touch, likes plants and animals; sees self as practical, mechanical and realistic



  • Likes to study/solve mathematical or scientific problems; generally avoids leading, selling or persuading people
  • Has good skills at understanding and solving scientific or mathematical problems
  • Values science; sees self as precise, scientific and intellectual



  • Likes to do creative activities like art, drama, crafts, dance, music and creative writing; generally avoids highly ordered or repetitive activities
  • Has good artistic abilities – in creative writing, drama, crafts, music or art
  • Values the creative arts – like drama, music, art or literature; sees self as expressive



  • Likes to do things to help people – like teaching, counselling, nursing or giving information; generally avoids using machines, tools or animals to achieve a goal
  • Has good skills at teaching, counselling, nursing or giving information
  • Values helping people and solving social problems; sees self as helpful, friendly and trustworthy



  • Likes to lead and persuade people, and to sell things and ideas; generally avoids activities that require careful observation and scientific, analytical thinking
  • Is good at leading people and selling things or ideas
  • Values success in politics, leadership or business; sees self as energetic, ambitious and sociable



  • Likes to work with numbers, records or machines in a set, orderly way; generally avoids ambiguous, unstructured activities
  • Is good at working with written records and numbers in a systematic, orderly way
  • Values success in business; sees self as orderly and good at following a set plan


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