How to Choose a Career in 3 Steps Using Holland Codes, by Career Key

Career planning expert Career Key recommends three steps to making a confident career choice using Holland Codes, also known as Holland personality types. The respected Holland's Theory of Career Choice gives a solid, scientific foundation to people exploring how to choose a career.

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Narrowing Career Choices with Holland's Theory

Holland’s Theory of Career Choice is an excellent place to start the career planning journey, along with a step by step process of gathering information and making a decision.

Portland, OR (PRWEB) October 31, 2012

Career planning expert Career Key®, http://www.careerkey.org, recommends three steps to making a confident career choice using Holland Codes, also known as Holland personality types. This respected career theory gives a solid, scientific foundation to people exploring how to choose a career. Close matches between one’s strongest personality types and careers and education options lead to greater success and job satisfaction, according to recent research studies.

Youth starting out or adults changing careers can be overwhelmed by career advice from family, friends and the Internet. Holland’s Theory of Career Choice is an excellent place to start the career planning journey, along with a step by step process of gathering information and making a decision.

In the article, “How to Choose a Career,” Career Key author Dr. Lawrence K. Jones, NCC recommends three steps to choosing a career: (1) Know yourself, (2) Know your options, and (3) Make a good decision. Within each step, Dr. Jones recommends activities people can do to gather needed information for a confident career choice.

As part of Step 1, "Know Yourself," one recommendation is to accurately measure one’s Holland Codes, or strongest Holland personality types. The Career Key test offers a valid, accurate assessment of all six Holland Codes: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. These can also be referred to as "RIASEC." The Career Key website also scientifically classifies and displays lists of careers, college majors, career clusters and career pathways according to these six types.

Although it is the most widely used and studied career theory by professional counselors, Holland’s Theory is one of several science-based approaches to career choice. People choosing or changing careers should also consider other theories developed by trained counselors, such as:

  • Dr. Donald Super’s Developmental Theory; and
  • Dr. John D. Krumboltz’s Happenstance Learning Theory.

A professional career counselor or Global Career Development Facilitator found through the National Career Development Association’s website can help people find the approaches that fit them best.

About The Career Key
Launched in 1997, the Career Key website is the #1 source for expert, professional help in making career and education choices – affordable to all. Advertising and registration free, Career Key donates 10% of website sales to charity. The Career Key’s career interest inventory based on Holland’s Theory has been adapted for use in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, China, Saudi Arabia, Korea, Romania, Pakistan, and Vietnam.


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