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Holland Hexagon Themes—Matching People to Jobs

John Holland PhD was a psychologist who developed a model of matching interests to jobs.  He capsulized interests into six distinct themes. I incorporate his model into my own career program as it helps to clarify how your interests correlate to jobs.  Following are his six Themes.

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ORGANIZING INTERESTS BY HOLLAND’S HEXAGON MODEL

John L. Holland’s research has shown that people can be described by one or more of six general occupational-interest themes. These themes are called: R (Realistic), I (Investigative), A (Artistic), S (Social), E (Enterprising), and C (Conventional). Although no one theme can take in all your interests, a combination of themes can tell you something about them. As you read each of them, underline those statements which best describe you.

Six Themes of Interest:

REALISTIC THEME:  People in this category are practical, aggressive and have good physical skills. Because of these qualities, they like outdoor activity and working…

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"I was having trouble finding a career path -- I felt I could do a lot of different things. So I did an eight-week program with Jan. Researching the background of what my ancestors have done -- creating a family career tree -- helped both professionally and personally. We identified a strong interest area in which I'm now getting licensed. Taking the tests and talking to Jan was very helpful. She was clear about informational interviewing, and figuring out what to do next. You won't exactly know what you'll get out of it, but in the end she will shed light on things about you that you didn't even know were there. ."--Mike, 27, Seattle

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