Holland SelfDescription Essay Research Paper HOLLAND SELFDESCRIPTION

Holland Self-Description Essay, Research Paper


I am a very simple person with somewhat of a

strong belief in myself and what I am capable of. I

like a hand on approach to everything that I do and

that is why I seem to excel in sports. I look to work

in labs and work with computers, with stuff that I can

put my hands on and manipulate. Out of the six

Holland types that I could have

been, after doing the questionnaires my highest scores

were in realistic, investigative and artistic.

Investigative and artistic were tied at ten each but I

am more of a investigative person and I had more job

options in investigative so I chose that over artistic.

So I decided that I would use investigative and

realistic in my discussion further in the section.


The results of the career key are as follows :

realistic = 14

: Investigative = 10

: Artistic = 10

: Social = 6

: Enterprising = 3

: Conventional = 7

From these results I did a search for the

different jobs that could be found under the most

popular or the types that I got the highest scores.

Under realistic I had some choices such as mechanical

engineers, electrical engineers, mechanic etc. Under

investigative, I had choices such as physicist and

computer programmer. For artistic I only had one option

and that was being and actor. The other three did not

have very high scored so I didn’t really go into

researching them.


When considering the different alternatives

that I have as far a the different careers that came up

in the list , there were a lot of different careers

that I was interested in, I had a lot of different

alternatives. Some of my main choices were in the field

of engineering, be it mechanical or electrical. I also

had a few suggestions that were in the field of

computers and information systems, all of which I

really would like to go into. As far as the difference

in salary go, since they are all in a similar job

bracket they all have similar salary ranges.

As the Career key web site indicated, another

alternative is to put off choosing a career until later

down the road and try to focus on what I more important

at this point in time. A good example given is to focus

on choosing the correct courses, majors or training

courses that I should take in order to qualify myself

for the job or jobs that I am looking at.


The consequences to me of the job opportunities

that I have set in mind for myself are not what I would

personally call consequences. The ‘consequences’ that

would come as a result of me choosing these careers

would be at most me having to be away from my family at

times, when I had to travel for the company. This would

be a consequence for me but also a consequence that my

family would have to deal with. The job I want to go

into is not one that I would necessary have to travel

too much, and if I had to travel, it would be one a off

and on basis.

Another factor that I would have to look at is

if the people around we approve of the job that I

chose. The job that I am going into is a normal white-

collar job that is common in today’s society. Computers

and other related jobs are well paying and well

respected positions in today’s work place, so I don’t

believe that the would be anyone who would disapprove


On a whole there are not many consequences of

the jobs that I am interested in, for me, or the people

that matter to me, my family, close friends and other

important people.


The career field that I would like to go into,

is one that I have access to a lot of information on

the different needs and requirements. The company that

my dad works with is heavily into to computers and

generators and other such mechanical equipment. And the

people that work with him are highly qualified and are

able to give me a lot of info. I am constantly asking

them about the different aspects of the job, the

qualifications needed to get the job, the demands on a

person, the hours and other such information. So I have

a good idea as to what I would be facing if I were to

get a job such as they have, and have a better

background to judge whether or not I really want to go

into this particular career.


I have already put a plan into action that will

guaranty me that I will be able to have the

qualifications that I need to get into the job I want.

I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer

science, with a minor in math. This will or should put

me into put me into a good position to get me a job in

the lower levels of my chosen career. I will also put

me in a good position to be able to further my

education or my qualification to a master’s or higher.

One of the consequences or the only real

consequence that I have to plan for is the fact that I

might have to travel with or for the company. The only

thing that I can really do in this situation is to is

let my family know in advance when I will be needed to

travel and to try my best not to miss important days

and events and to avoid as much as possible having to

be away for long periods of time or on consecutive

occasions, so that I would be able to spend time with

my family and that I don’t wear myself down.

Holland Type #1 (Realistic)

I am the type of person that likes to work with

tools and machines. I like to work with my hands and

manipulate things to make things work. I like the hands

on approach of doing things, setting up and doing labs

(physics labs) etc. are the kind of things I like to do.

I have a natural ability to work with tools;

equipment and machines. I can work with electrical

drawings and instructions, to put things together and

to make them work.

I value what I can see, touch and use. If I can get my

hands on something I will have a better understanding

of how and why it works, or what it is used for and

therefore have a better understanding of that object.

I see my self as a practical person with good

mechanical skill who has a good idea of what the real

world is about, and therefore see things realistically.

This specific style we take me into such careers as

mechanical & electrical engineering, as well as

engineering technicians. The most conducive work

environment would primarily be indoor based, in a

environment that would facilitate me being able to work

in groups, with my colleagues and also at times to work

by myself.

Holland Type #2 (Investigative)

I have a strong liking for studying and solving math

problems. I am not the leader type so I try to avoid

try to teach people, try to sell them something or try

to persuade them to think like me or to have my opinion.

I live science problems just as much as I like math

problems because I have a strong or good value for

science and all that it pertains to or deals with.

I am a very precise, scientific and am quite

intellectual. The lobs that this type will take me into

are jobs such as a physicist, computer programmer and

computer systems manager. The most conducive work

environment for this job is one where I can work with

others to solve problems and make things work. Because

of the nature of this job, I will mostly be working

indoors where the climate can be controlled and

conditions regulated.


The four assessments that I completed gave me a

whole lot of information. They told me some things that

already knew, but it also told me some things that

didn’t know. Based on the info that I put into the

various questionnaires I got some valuable feed back

which I can now sue to determine what will be the

correct or best suiting job for me.

Assignment #1(The Career Key)

According to John Holland’s theory, most people

are one of six personality types: Realistic,

Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and

conventional. From the information that I gave when

answering the questionnaires, I was told that my

strongest personality type is Realistic. I agree with

this because of the fact that I am a modern day person,

who looks at things for what they are, and what they

are capable of. When I searched the career list under

the heading of realistic I found that most of the jobs

that I was interested in could be found there. Some of

the jobs that were under this subcategory were

mechanical and electrical engineering, engineering

technician, drafter etc. all of which I have a strong

interest in.

The second most popular or the second highest

score was a tie between artistic and investigative, but

when I looked under each heading for the different jobs

I found that I had more interest in investigative than

artistic. Under the heading of investigative I also

found a few jobs that also aroused my interests. These

jobs were fairly similar to the ones that were selected

in the first one as they have the same mathematical and

scientific background. These careers were physicist,

computer programmer and computer & information system

manager, which are all in the same general bracket, so

most of my careers choices were in the area that I was

really interested in.

Assessment #2 (Keirsey Temperament Sorter II)

From the second assessment I was told that I

was a Performer Artisan. What this was suppose to mean

is that I was suppose to be a fun-loving, optimistic,

realistic person who was focused on the here and now.

When I heard the name I thought that I was not the

correct description of me, but after I read the

description I thought it actually started to sound like


It also said that I was an unconventional,

bold, and spontaneous person, which again was

relatively true. I like being spontaneous and

unconventional. It keeps people guessing as to what

you’re going to do next. I am a playful type of person

and I am one who trusts his impulses and seeks

stimulation in the things that he does. I prize my

freedom and want to make a splash in the lives of

others. When I look at this assessment in relation to

the first, I don’t see much relation but the this gives

a relatively accurate description of the way I carry


I am expressive, observant, tender-minded and

probing and I often have the ability to delight those

around me with my warmth and good-humored.

Assessment #3 (Learning Style Type Indicator)

This assessment told me that I was in a group

of people called overseers. This was one of the

assessments that did not totally agree with, but as in

all have some parts that relate to me. It was

consistent in describing my actions or outlook but not

as consistent in the career selection that was given

from before.

Overseers are outgoing, community-oriented people who

enjoy working with others, and also enjoy being in

positions of authority. This group is special for

taking pride in doing their jobs competently and

effectively. They’re skilled at instilling these values

in others and therefore make excellent managers and

supervisors. They enjoy interacting with others, but

they never let their sociability get in the way of

performing the job at hand. These people are very

practical in nature and don’t enjoy working with the

abstract or theoretical. Management, accounting, and

law enforcement are examples of professions commonly

chosen by overseers.

Assessment #4 (College Board Career Search


This last assessment was consistent with the

first and was able to finalize my career choices in

that it gave me a final list off the top or most

compatible careers compared to my answers to the

questionnaire. From this list I could see that the

careers I had I mind are compatible with my likes,

dislikes, skills and abilities. It also told me that

the conditions, under which I would be working, if I

were to take up one of the listed jobs, are conditions

that I have chosen and am willing to work in.


1: Electrical or Electronic Engineer

2: Mechanical Engineer

3: Aerospace Engineer

4: Computer Programmer

5: Engineering Technician



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