Is there such a thing as a list of careers by work-style preferences?
Thanks. I'd love to hear more about how it's different. I only wish it could be as easy for my oldest as trying to choose between two solid career interests like that! Then it would totally make sense to visit various workplaces and explore various types of jobs to see what you might be best suited for and to get a realistic picture of what the work is like. Where do you start with visiting workplaces (which I've also heard about doing from many other sources) if there isn't some interest you're following up on though?
Even a liberal arts student with some kind of strong interest in some area like writing, speaking, researching, helping others or etc... can again hone in on and fine suitable career paths to explore. I just can't figure out how to help a liberal arts type student who can't latch on to an area of interest or a definable skill.
That's one of my son's fears too--being "stuck" doing something he "hates." He'd like to just not hate it (and is fine leaving "passions" in the "hobby" category.) That's what I don't get about the idea of divorcing the process completely from interests--how can you not look at interests (which to me is not just about "content" but also about "work style" and so on)? But I agree with what Lori said about the self-centered nature of expecting to just follow passions and thinking you'll love every minute of a job (that's unrealistic marketing we've been sold!)
My son has interests that don't mesh well with each other and that don't really point to any type of career. He has Holland Codes and Myers Briggs that are opposites. He's better at math than writing but would much rather have to write than use math skills if he had to choose (his aptitude testing plus Holland Codes put "Accountant" at the top of his list, which he would hate personality-wise). It really just seems like an impossible (and highly discouraging) task to try to figure out where to go next in this process.
Will have to come back to this thread later and try to do some more reading!
Well, when I search for "list of careers by work-style preferences", it comes up with the 6 Holland Code interest areas. Wikipedia does have a nice list for each individual interest area, so that might be one things to look at. Accountant is listed under C (Conventional) -- other occupations under C include:
Computer Engineering/Computer Science
So, what did you mean by "work-style preference"? If you mean, "what I prefer to work with: people, things, data, or ideas," then that is a formalized "thing" (lol). Below is the best I can do with no arrow heads pointing up or down to recreate the work preference chart, of which do you prefer to work with:
Things can be big machines to small hand tools to art/music/photograph/etc implements to plants or animals.
People can mean service industry to teaching to performing to counseling to sales to politics.
Data means facts and figures, charts of info, inspection checklists, statistics, record keeping and files, budgets, computer programming.
Ideas means research, experimentation, architecture, designing, planning, marketing strategies, etc.
The work preference chart is designed as two intersecting continuums, so the closer you would place a mark on the things/people continuum to "things" that hopefully also corresponds with that you would much less like to work with "people" -- similarly for the data/ideas continuum. Ultimately, the goal is place one mark in the quadrants made by the two continuums that represents the overall preference on all 4 preferences. Example:
data <-------> ideas
A lot of times, that chart is in the center of a Holland Code hexagon, so then you can also narrow down preference between 2 of the 6 interest areas.
Even further, you can check out the Career Clusters approach, and some of the Career Cluster circular pie graph includes the Holland Code hexagon in the center, and the work preference intersecting arrows in the very center, so you can combine all your test results on one chart.
- Career Cluster explanation
- Career Cluster free interest survey
- Career Cluster 16 clusters and 70 pathways chart
You might try a Venn-Diagram type of approach -- list any jobs of interest that fit DS's Myers-Briggs results; then any jobs of interest that fit DS's Holland Code results (and try mixing the order for more results -- if he came out as R-C-S, then see what occupations come up with comes up as R-S-C, C-R-S, C-S-R, S-R-C and S-C-R). And add in any other occupations that match up with DS's expressed interests, or fit DS's top 5 work values. Do any occupations fall in the overlap area of the Venn-Diagram? Those might be starting places for research.
And, it may just take actual working and trial-and-error for a few years to allow your DS to continue to mature, and to figure out what he likes/doesn't like, and what he feels he could do long-term.
Just brainstorming... Warmest regards, Lori D.
Edited by Lori D., 10 October 2017 - 06:42 PM.