The importance of a career choice remains very elusive in our society. In the bygone days individuals had a standard option of careers “Doctors or Engineers” though many of them were not really cut-off for it. The rest who could not slot where they belong too, felt ostracized in the long run. We have seen in the past that many such talented individuals could not identify their strength and were at loss in the process of identifying their career. The constraints were many, right from the lack of awareness and exposure to pre-conceived notions and glued mind sets of individuals.
- 24 Jan
A session on career choice at ISME
However in today’s hyper competitive world though the limitations have been comparatively less still there is a vacuum or void left in the career planning context. Individuals do not easily understand the skill sets they possess and which is the right job or best suited career for them.
Here is an attempt made to relate John.L.Holland’s occupational theme-which is a theory of career and vocational choice based upon personality types. Management students require help in understanding the personality traits, skills sets that can be synchronized with their respective career. Such tools help in identifying the personality traits and the kind of career that can be in congruence.
Dr.John Holland’s theory is based on people and work environment. Different people’s personalities may find different environments more to their liking. The codes referred in the model are called as “Holland code”. For example with a code of RES you would most resemble the REALISTIC type, somewhat less resemble the ENTERPRISING type, and resemble the SOCIAL TYPE even less.
The types that are not in your code are the types you resemble least of all. Most people and most jobs are best represented by some combination of two or three of the Holland interest areas. In addition most people are more satisfied if there is some degree of fit between their personality and their work environment.
This tool can be used as an intervention in the placement department to assess and evaluate the candidate’s job fitment. The tool refers to personal characteristics and occupational knowledge because the choice of a vacation is an expression of personality
John Holland created a hexagonal model that shows the relationship between the personality types and environments. This hexagonal model of RIASEC occupations is the copywrited work of Dr.John Holland. The Holland Game is adapted from Richard Bolles “Quick Job hunting Map”