Career fitness programs seek to categorize people into different groups according to their personalities. According to Holland, these exercises help people to evaluate themselves so as to know what career environments they may do well in and also the jobs they fit in and flourish (3). Holland developed the six types of categories; which are Social, artistic, conventional, realistic, enterprising and investigative (6). Each of these has its own traits that define the careers they are most likely to do well. I did the exercises in The Career Fitness Program book and recorded the answers; I did them again this time comparing the previous answers with the one’s I had this time. I noted the constant answers that remained; the purpose of this was to be sure of my traits to help guide me in categorizing myself correctly. In this essay are some of the reactions that remained in my self-exploration to date.
The societal issues that bother me most are person who do not take the work they do seriously; doing it just to complete it and not considering how they do it, whereas, that is their job. I use most of my time researching things, working on assignments given to me; I prefer practical work than work that will need more theory. The exercise on assessing one’s personality and interest, the answers, introvert, intuitive, feeling, and perceiving did not change. This means that they are the traits that describe my personality best.
After completing the exercise, I used my answers to gauge myself in the category in could fit in well. The conventional type, also known as “organizers” is what was best described by the answers I had. The people in this category are conservative and industrious; organized and detail-oriented best describes them. I also discovered the careers that I would do well in, for example, banking, bookkeeping, computer science, business economics and mathematics are some of the environments I would flourish.
Holland, J. L. Making Vocational Choices; a theory of careers (pg. 3-6). Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1973.