The career decision-making process incorporates knowledge of one’s self, information about educational opportunities, and facts about the world of work. It’s through synthesizing and integrating this information in an organized way that students can identify occupational alternatives. So your first challenge is to identify your interests, values, strengths, and abilities as well as your expectations regarding a career.
An excellent way to connect who you are with possible majors and careers is to use the Holland Occupational Code. John Holland developed these as a means to characterize people by their resemblance to six personality types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. Each type has different interests and competencies, and each is linked to six work environments with distinct characteristics that draw certain types of people. Holland believes that when people choose occupations congruent with their personality type, they’ll be happier and more satisfied with their work. This website will help you determine your RIASEC code.