Occupational orientation

Most people have more than one occupational orientation (they might be social, realistic and investigative for example) and Holland believes that the more similar or compatible these orientations are, the less internal conflict or indecision a person will face in making a career choice. To help illustrate this, Holland suggests placing each orientation in on corner of a hexagon. As you can see the model has six corners each of which represents one personal orientation (for example, enterprising) According to Holland’s research the closer two orientations are in this figure the more compatible they are. If your number one and number two orientations fall side by side, you will have an easier time choosing a career. However, if your orientations turn out to be opposite (such as realistic and social) you may experience more indecision in making a career choice because your interests are driving you toward very different types of careers. We have summarized some of the occupational found to be the best match for each of these six orientations. You can for about $8.00 take Holland’s SDS online.

The SDS has an excellent reputation, but the career seeker needs to be somewhat wary of some of the other online career assessment sites One study of 24 no cost online career assessment Web sites concluded that they were easy to use, but suffered from a lack of validation, limited confidentiality controls, and limited information on test interpretation. However, a number of online career assessment instruments such as the career key do reportedly provide validated and useful information.

Identify your career directions

MBA students at the Harvard Business School sometimes take a quiz to help them identify career directions and make career choices in which they’ll be happy. To take a short form version of this quiz, you’ll need three types of information. First, this approach assumes that all executives work is based on one or more of eight core activities such as quantitative analysis and managing people. Begin by reading eh of those activities.

Net quickly go through each the second figure’s pairs of statement and indicate which one is more interesting to you. Then add the letters for your total score on each core function ad record that score in the second figure.

Them, we see what kind of successful businesspeople share your career direction’s interests. For example of you scored high in Figure on Enterprise Control and managing people then CEOs presidents , Decision Managers, and General managers are the sorts of people whose career interests are most similar to yours.

Identify your skills

Successful performance also depends on ability. You may have a conventional orientation but whether you have the skills to be as accountant, baker, or credit manager will largely determine which occupation you ultimately choose. Therefore you have to identify your skills.

An Exercise

One useful exercise for identifying occupational skills is to take a blank piece of paper and head it. The School or occupational tasks was best at. Then write a short essay that describes the tasks. Make sure to go into as much detail as you can about your duties and responsibilities and what it was bout each task that you found enjoyable . In writing your essay, by the way, notice that it’s not necessarily the most enjoyable job you’ve had, but the most enjoyable task you’ve had to perform: you may have had jobs that you really didn’t like except for one of the specific duties or tasks in the job, which you really enjoyed. Next, on other sheets of paper do the same thing for two other tasks you have had. Now got through your three essays and underline the skills that you mentioned the most often. For example, did you enjoy putting together and coordinating the school play when you worked on the principal’s office on year? Did you especially enjoy the hours you spent in the library doing research for your boss when you worked one summer as an office clerk?

Aptitudes and Special talents

For career planning purposes, a person’s aptitudes are usually measured with a test battery such as the general aptitude test battery (GATB) which most state one stop career centers make available. This instrument measures various aptitudes including intelligence and mathematical ability. You can also use specialized tests, such as mechanical comprehension. However Holland’s Self Directed Search will provide some insights into your aptitudes.