The reason why your career is so interconnected with your personality type is the fact that as individual you are hoping that you can work in an environment that allows you to be yourself and express your interests, attitudes, beliefs and values.
If you have not yet decided what career might be ideal for you, John Holland’s six personality types can help you discover what your strengths/weaknesses are and what career fields you are most likely inclined to suit.
The six different personality types that complete the RIASEC model are:
#1 Realistic (R): “The Do-ers”
Realistic people are active and stable and enjoy manual activities like athletics, mechanics or building. They would prefer to work with tools or machines rather than people and in a practical, task-oriented environment rather in a classroom for extended period of time. They possess excellent skills in mechanical or physical abilities but they are not that good when it comes to human relations. Some possible realistic occupations are engineer, electrician, pilot, electrician or police officer.
#2 Investigative (I): “The Thinkers”
Investigative people tend to be analytical, intellectual and observant. They are more likely to enjoy solving complex problems, doing research, mathematical and scientific activities but don’t enjoy selling or persuading people. Their work environment encourages problem solving and scientific skills and independent working but not competencies such as leadership ability. Investigative people could be medical technologists, chemists, biologists, pharmacist, dentist, physician or system analysts.
#3 Artistic (A): “The Creators”
Artistic people are creative, original and imaginative. They usually enjoy expressing themselves through various forms such as composing or playing music, writing, acting, dancing. When it comes to their work they are flexible and inventive but rather unstructured and not very organised. Possible careers for artistic people include musician, fine artist, writer, graphic designer or reporter.
#4 Social (S): “The Helpers”
Social people are idealistic and humanistic and tend to care about other people. They usually enjoy working in groups and helping, healing, training other people. Usually they are really good at solving interpersonal problems; they have good communication and persuasive skills but they lack in mechanical and scientific abilities. Social people could be teachers, social workers, counselors, nurses or psychologists.
#5 Enterprising (E): “The Persuaders”
Enterprising people tend to be inventive, energetic, ambitious and self-confident. They are usually very good leaders and have excellent persuasive skills which make them good in sales. They have excellent communication and public speaking skills, good presentation and they see themselves as assertive but often lack scientific abilities. Enterprising people could be business managers, public relations officers or salespeople.
#6 Conventional (C): “The Organisers”
Conventional people are persistent, reliable, very organised and conforming. They often prefer carrying out organised and systematic activities and being part of a bigger team instead standing out as leaders. Conventional people would choose to engage with data management and record keeping and describe themselves as effective and responsible even though they might lack creativity. Possible careers for conventional people include secretary, bookkeeper, examiner, accountant or banker.
While each type has its own characteristics and careers that are associated with it, your personality will more likely combine several types to varying degrees. For example, you could be a RSA (Realistic, Social and Artistic) or an ECI (Enterprising, Conventional, and Investigative) person.
So, which personality types describe you best? Leave your comments below.