Career Assessment: Strong Interest Inventory Prepared by
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!
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
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
THE HEXAGON OF GENERAL OCCUPATIONAL THEMES REALISTICINVESTIGATIVE CONVENTIONAL ARTISTIC ENTERPRISINGSOCIAL
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: o What kind of car would an “R” drive? o hat kind of vacation would appeal to an “R”? o What magazines would an “R” read?
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: o Car? o Vacation? o Magazines?
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: o Car? o Vacation? o Magazines?
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: o Car? o Vacation? o Magazines?
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: o Car? o Vacation? o Magazines?
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: o Car? o Vacation? o Magazines?
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.