Understanding yourself and your options is the next step in your journey. Self-knowledge includes a clear understanding of your values, interests, and skills. The occupational themes below are based on personality types developed by psychologist John L Holland. Review them and explore the  groups you would most identify with and consider how these themes relate to potential majors or careers.  Please note that most people identify with more than one theme, and that careers, majors and interests are often a blend or combination of many of these themes.

Realistic

People with mechanical and athletic abilities; like working outdoors with tools and objects; prefer dealing with things rather than people.

Interests Skills Values

machines
computer networks
athletics
working outdoors

mechanical ingenuity and dexterity
physical coordination

tradition
practicality
common sense

Investigative

People with math and science abilities; like working alone and solving complex problems; like dealing with ideas rather than people or things.

Interests Skills Values

science
medicine
mathematics
research

mathematical ability
researching
writing
analyzing

independence
curiosity
learning

Artistic

People with artistic ability and imagination; enjoy creating original work; like dealing with ideas rather than things.

Interests Skills Values

self-expression
art appreciation
communication
culture

creativity
musical ability
artistic expression

beauty
originality
independence
imagination

Social

People with listening and people skills; interested in social relationships and helping others solve problems; like dealing with people rather than things.

Interests Skills Values

People
teamwork
helping
community service

People skills
verbal abilities
listening
showing understanding

cooperation
generosity
service to others

 

Enterprising

People with leadership and motivation abilities; interested in persuading and directing others; like dealing with people and ideas rather than things.

Interests Skills Values

Business
politics
leadership
entrepreneurship

verbal abilities
ability to motivate and direct others

Risk taking
status
competition
influence

Conventional

People with clerical and math ability; prefer indoor work, organizing; like dealing with words and numbers rather than people or ideas.

Interests Skills Values

organization
data management
accounting
investing
information system

ability to work with numbers
data analysis
finances
attention to detail

accuracy
stability
efficiency