Many students come to college without clearly defined career
goals. The first step toward academic and career success is to select a field that
matches a person's skills, interests and values. The Strong Interest Inventory tm
and the Self Directed Search tm can help the
student identify interests and match them with possible occupations. These interest
inventories can be taken in the Career/Transfer Centers on any Montgomery College or
through the Career Development course [DS103].
Interests and talents tend to fall into certain patterns
or themes. The interest inventories mentioned above use six themes identified as
"Holland Codes:" Realistic,
nterprising, and C
onventional. The following descriptions help to further define each of these themes
and how they relate to different types of people.
The chart below matches in a general manner the different
themes of interests with programs of study offered at Montgomery College. However,
both the programs of study and individuals usually contain more than one single
theme. For example, most individuals are a combination of three of the following six
themes. See a
counselor to discuss in depth your overall career interests or an
to discuss a specific program of study.
Read through the following six themes, click on the highlighted word for a list of possible college programs
and then click on the program title for the college catalog description of the program.
Select the "Career Info" box to learn about possible jobs, employers and other sources of information.
- People who have
interests are likely to enjoy creating things with their hands.
They tend to be rugged, practical, physically strong and enjoy working outdoors.
They prefer working with objects, tools, machines and animals.
- Those whose interests are
INVESTIGATIVE enjoy analyzing, problem solving and research.
Their focus is on data, ideas and theories. They tend to be curious, original
and independent, and prefer working alone rather than with others.
- Individuals with ARTISTIC
interests are inclined to be unconventional, creative, expressive and intense. They
prefer unstructured working situations and coworkers who are also creative and individualistic.
- People with SOCIAL
interests are at their best working with people rather than machines. They are
concerned about the welfare of others and enjoy teaching, training, helping and serving
other people. They tend to be cheerful, articulate, responsible and socially adept.
people are usually good at leading and persuading
others. They tend to be enthusiastic, self-confident, energetic and adventurous. They prefer persuading
and directing other people rather than working with objects and data.
- Those with CONVENTIONAL
interests tend to be stable, dependable and thorough. They prefer using verbal or
numerical skills and are most comfortable working with clearly defined tasks in structured environments.