One of the most important keys to successful career management is knowing how your career interests match up with the real working world.
Careers and Six Basic “Types”
John Holland, a career psychologist, developed a theory that people and careers can be characterized by six basic "types." These types, or Holland Codes, are commonly referred to as RIASEC to reflect the first letter in each of the themes. Each type and corresponding preferred work environment are listed and explained below.
Your Holland Code will generally consist of three letters that correspond to your first, second, and third strongest preferences or interests. The hexagon below demonstrates the placement of each “type” in a visual manner and can be explained further by meeting with a career counselor.
Learning what your type is and how the types are related to each other is important to your successful career planning process. Counseling and Career Services uses the Strong Interest Inventory, a computerized career assessment tool, to assist you in identifying your "type," or Holland Code. Stop in or call CCS at 443-518-1340 to find out more about this helpful career tool . See below for a visual of Holland's types.
The Holland Hexagon