The actual test to determine personalities is a ten page, multiple choice, “preference” test which takes about thirty minutes to complete. Let’s explore the six Holland personalities and see who you are.
ARTISTIC – The least money motivated of all of the personalities (and one of the most challenging students to assist). This person loves creative endeavors, art, music, theater, writing, etc. They are not very concerned about schedules or organization. They change their mind frequently and tend to lose focus easily. While the student loves the thought of majoring in musical theater, their parents usually try to intervene (hey, your grandpa was an accountant, I’m an accountant, BE AN ACCOUNTANT). Majors (with an eye toward a future paycheck): computer art/design, computer animation, interior design, music education, English education, art education.
SOCIAL – Not very money motivated. These are the caring, helping people among us. They enjoy interacting with people and usually have a very active social life. This was our friend growing up that never missed a dance or party and surrounded themselves with a large circle of friends. Major in: education, social work, psychology, sociology, nursing, physical therapy.
ENTERPRISING – This is the most money motivated personality when it comes to choosing a career. This was the friend we grew up with that was always in charge. They were the class president, chairman of the prom committee, and the person who made the plans for everyone’s weekend activities. This mover and shaker should major in: business, advertising, marketing, or investment banking.
CONVENTIONAL – This was the friend we knew who was never late for anything. Their school lockers were very organized as was their room at home. They liked things neat and orderly. They are money motivated and thrive on conformity and repetition. Major in: accounting, banking and finance, and computer technology (as opposed to computer science – they would prefer to write programs all day and nothing more).
INVESTIGATIVE – This person loves a mystery. They are avid readers and have a great interest in all types of discovery. While falling somewhere in the middle of money motivation among personalities, a career that pays well while allowing them to make discoveries would be of interest to them. Major in: criminal justice, anthropology, medical research.
So there they are. Did you see anyone familiar to you? This of course is the “lite” version of Holland codes, as blending of personalities usually occurs. Career professionals look at a person’s second and even third personality types as they are scored on the test. Also, a student’s previous educational background should be taken into account to give the student a fighting chance in certain majors (your GED is a great milestone for you but medical school might be a stretch).
It has also been my experience that home-schooled students were among the brightest and most verbal individuals I encountered, BUT unless mom was a math, chemistry, physics, or biology major, we have a problem Houston. Many of the more in-demand and lucrative majors (read math and science) were usually a stretch for them.
Also, one of the first questions I asked a student was “are you willing to relocate or do you prefer to stay local?” I did have one student who wanted to major in oceanography but remain here in Ohio. Hmmm – I could have sold him some oceanfront property in Columbus.
One last thing about these personalities, some marriage counselors use Holland typing to assist with their work. We have always heard that opposite personalities “attract” people to each other (Paula Abdul had a hit record about that many years ago.) While this is true, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good thing. The two most extreme opposite personalities here are the artistic and conventional types. Woe be unto that marriage.
Well, my time is up and I didn’t mention anything about food this time. Joanna may need to add a picture of a cabbage or something. Hope I didn’t bore you too much with this post and I promise I’ll get back to my usual off-color humor in the next one. Will there be a next one Joanna? By the way, as a realistic, money motivated person I haven’t seen any royalty checks yet either.
Question of the Day: So, who are you? Who who . . . who who? I really wanna know. Who are you?