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strong interest inventory

Assess your interests, personality, values, and skills.

  • Learn which career opportunities are the best fit with your personality.
  • The Strong measures interests, not abilities (if you have the interest, you can develop the abilities). There are no wrong answers!

Strong Interest Inventory

career theory

All individuals have unique characteristics related to their interests, abilities, needs, values, and personality.

    • All occupations/jobs have unique characteristics related to work tasks, skills required, demands, and rewards.
    • Workers and employers are most satisfied when there is a match between the characteristics of the worker and the characteristics of the occupation/job.
  • Adapted from Facilitating Career Development by JoAnn Harris-Bowlsbey, Barbara H. Suddarth, and David M. Reile, 2005

Career Theory

holland s theory of vocational interests

People can be described as a combination of two or more of six types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, Conventional.

    • Job environments can also be described as a combination of the same six types.
    • People of a given type seek job environments of the same or similar type.
    • If a person can find such a compatible job environment, he/she is likely to be satisfied and productive.
  • Adapted from Facilitating Career Development by JoAnn Harris-Bowlsbey, Barbara H. Suddarth, and David M. Reile, 2005

Holland’s Theory of Vocational Interests

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THE HEXAGON OF GENERAL OCCUPATIONAL THEMES

REALISTIC

INVESTIGATIVE

ARTISTIC

CONVENTIONAL

ENTERPRISING

SOCIAL

realistic

Motivated by building, repairing, being outdoors

  • Some of the best skills are making/repairing things, problem solving with tools/machinery, mechanical ingenuity and dexterity, physical coordination, handling emergencies
  • Think about it:
    • What kind of car would an “R” drive?
    • hat kind of vacation would appeal to an “R”?
    • What magazines would an “R” read?

Realistic

investigative

Motivated by analyzing, inquiring, and researching

  • Some of the best skills are scientific investigating, researching, analyzing, writing technical documents, performing mathematics
  • Think about it:
    • Car?
    • Vacation?
    • Magazines?

Investigative

artistic

Motivated by creative insights, expressing individuality, self- expression through art, music, writing, cooking

  • Some of the best skills are creativity, imagination, verbal-linguistic, music, dramatics
  • Think about it:
    • Car?
    • Vacation?
    • Magazines?

Artistic

social

Motivated by helping others, empowering others, instructing, nurturing

  • Some of the best skills are developing relationships, verbal communication, teaching, listening, understanding others
  • Think about it:
    • Car?
    • Vacation?
    • Magazines?

Social

enterprising

Motivated by persuading, selling, leading

  • Some of the best skills are public speaking, persuading/selling, social/interpersonal interaction, leading, focusing on organizational goals
  • Think about it:
    • Car?
    • Vacation?
    • Magazines?

Enterprising

conventional

Motivated by organizing, processing data, managing information

  • Some of the best skills are organization, efficiency, patience, persistence, managing systems/data, mathematics, operating computers
  • Think about it:
    • Car?
    • Vacation?
    • Magazines?

Conventional

tips for taking the sii

There are no right or wrong answers.

  • Answer all 291 items; go with your first instinct.
  • No one answer will affect your results, so try to give the first answer that comes to mind
  • Remember: Your answers should be based on whether you have an INTEREST in something, not if you have an ABILITY or SKILL in something.
  • Don’t let COST or SALARY be a factor in your answers.
  • Allow 30-45 minutes to complete the assessment.

Tips for Taking the SII

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