What’s Your Code? Connecting Your Personality to a Career

What’s Your Code? Connecting Your Personality to a Career

Finding a career that matches your interests, your skill sets, values and more can be challenging! It takes self exploration and research to educate yourself about your opportunities. 

Using Focus 2(an online self assessment) and understanding your Holland Code is a good first step to understand how your personality traits connect to different careers. 

Your Holland Code is a set of 3 letters that represent different personality traits, those personality traits also align to a variety of careers where people with those similar codes were most satisfied. Understanding your Holland code can showcase what you naturally gravitate towards and provides a direction for students exploring. 

The six personality types are realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, conventional they are also known as RIASEC.

Realistic people prefer concrete tasks and enjoy working alone on projects. They are task oriented and motivated to get things done!

Investigative people like to use their analytical skills to complete tasks and solve problems. They are the thinker of the group.

Artistic people are creative and have a great imagination. They think differently about the way things are done.

Social people love interacting with others. They want to help other people and often career about social issues.

Enterprising people have entrepreneurial spirit and enjoy encouraging and leading others. They are forward and enjoy working towards a goal.

Conventional people like structured tasks and are detail oriented. They enjoy tasks with definitive answers.

Choosing the Right Career For You

How Do I Find Out My Holland Code?

Focus2 is an online self assessment that can be used to determine how your personality, skills, leisure, values and work interest connect to different career choices. By taking specifically the work interest assessment, it will yield your Holland Code as shown below.

Career Dimensions ®Career & Education Planning Systems

Once you have your holland code, you can use resources like O*NET to search for careers based on your code. This can be helpful for students looking for direction and knowledge about a variety of career choices. 

Check out Focus2 and O*NET as you continue to explore careers.






By Lexie Avery, MS '15
Lexie Avery, MS '15 Assistant Director, Early Engagement and Exploration Lexie Avery, MS