Category Archives: Job/Career
I believe the John Holland Codes to be the most effective tool for finding what you were born to do. There are six codes–realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, and conventional. I spent 40 years working in the social area but I really belonged in the investigative field. I have almost no relationship energy (of the 4 energies; grounding, relationship, creative, and logic). Once you start down a path, it is hard to jump to a completely different path.
Please, please spend some time on the Holland Codes to determine your best career directions.
Holland is the creator of the RIASEC career development model often referred to as the Holland Codes.
This information is a reprint from Wikipedia(July 25, 2007):
Holland Codes are career types created by psychologist John L. Holland.
- Realistic- practical, physical, hands-on, tool-oriented
- Investigative- analytical, intellectual, scientific, explorative
- Artistic- creative, original, independent, chaotic
- Social- cooperative, supporting, helping, healing/nurturing
- Enterprising- competitive environments, leadership, persuading
- Conventional – detail-oriented, organizing, clerical
Holland argues that 2-3 types dominate in each person.
For more of the Wikipedia definitions, use this link.
The North Carolina State Occupational Information Coordinating Committee has a free self-assessment exercise using the Holland Codes.
The Holland Codes are used frequently in choosing careers and/or college majors because they are based on natural interest. One of the largest sites, HollandCodes, has free college search and career information. This site has extensive information and links to sites specializing in the Holland Codes.
More Holland Codes links:
1. Take the quiz–Rogue Community College.
2. Holland Codes–Powerpoint by Salesforce.
3. A great article about career clusters and Holland Codes–iseek.
4. Holland Career Codes matched to industry–by careersmarts.
5. A large site with many Holland links–HollandCodes
The paradox of self-discovery is that the more we understand ourselves, the more we understand and accept others. The more we know, the less we fear. A Course in Miracles teaches that there are only two main emotions: love and fear.
The Changemaker Test, designed to provide personality indicators–called labels–so anyone has some tools about themselves that they can study to see why they make the decisions and choices they make. Then from this foundation of self-discovery, he/she can continue exploring and recreating themselves through her/his lifetime.
The Changemaker Test Categories are:
(1) NLP–Neurolinquistic Programming
(2) Birth Order
(3) Family Roles
(4) Our Emotional Energies
(5) MBTI– Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
During the energy you spend in re-inventing yourself, you will learn new career choices for your personality labels. The labels can be quite effective at weeding out what you love to do and what you’ve taught yourself to do against your basic nature. Find what you love to do and life will be a continual joyful experience.
Some of my links about career:
Some longer posts you may enjoy reading are:
(5) Reinventing Yourself at Good Life Coaching has some good tips: take it at your own pace, look at where you want to go, maybe take an interim step, deal with the flak and remember that reinventing yourself means creating a new identity.
(6) Reinventing Yourself from Mike Bellah is about the fundamental quest at midlife. He quotes Ross Goldstein: “The fundamental quest at midlife is to figure out who we are and who we want to be as we get ready to embark on the second half of life.