Where do I fit in?

As we’re navigating through our time in college, we’re constantly trying to figure out who we are, what we like, and where we’ll fit in.

Whether you’re at the beginning, trying to choose a major, or down the road and realizing the major you chose wasn’t quite what you thought it’d be, or at the end considering jobs or graduate schools, we’re confronted with who we are and what our skills and interests are.

We’re constantly honing, narrowing and refining our personalities and choices.

Thankfully there are a lot of tools out there to help us do just that. Specifically assessments, tests, inventories and books that assist in finding out who we are and where we fit. Everything from the Strong inventory, Myers-Briggs, Strengths Finder and more.

A very solid model, however, was developed by John Holland. He argued that, “the choice of a vocation is an expression of personality.”

He develped a coding system to distinguish each personality type abbreviated as RIASEC.

They are the following:

  • Realistic – practical, physical, hands-on, tool-oriented
  • Investigative – analytical, intellectual, scientific, explorative
  • Artistic – creative, original, independent, chaotic
  • Social – cooperative, supporting, helping, healing/nurturing
  • Enterprising – competitive environments, leadership, persuading
  • Conventional – detail-oriented, organizing, clerical
And here is a picture that shows his hexagonal model noting the relationships of each type. Notice that the personality types closest to each other are more alike than those farther away.

Figuring out in which category(ies) you lie, can help you narrow down your options and focus on specific career choices.

Here is a GREAT tool to help you explore that: O*NET TEST

Here you answer questions about things you like or don’t like to do. That narrows you down and gives you percentages of which types you lie in. Then, if you play around with it more, it shows you what are potential career choices in that type combination AND how much education you need for each.

It’s a great tool to expose yourself to what’s out there

If you have any questions about the test or exploring your skills and interests more, contact the Career Center at sbaker@gmail.com or 706-236-1519.

Source links: http://www.careerkey.org/asp/your_personality/hollands_theory_of_career_choice.html#and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holland_Codes

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