Learning About Myself

Learning About Myself is part of the Career
and College Readiness Lesson Plans series provided by the California Career Resource
Network, California Department of Education. We all have things we’re interested in and
like doing. In Learning About Myself, you’re going to learn to see your interests in a
new way. This lesson introduces you to something called the Holland Code which is a way of
helping you look at your interests as they relate to careers. The Holland Code organizes
people and occupations into six groups. These six groups are Realistic, Investigative, Artistic,
Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. The six Holland Code groups are: Realistic Doers,
Investigative Thinkers, Artistic Creators, Social Helpers, Enterprising Initiators, Conventional
Organizers. The Realistic Doer likes hands-on work. Realistic occupations frequently involve
work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with
plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the
occupations require working outside and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working
closely with others. Do you like hands-on work? The Investigative Thinker likes to figure
out how things work. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas and
require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts
and figuring out problems mentally. Do you like figuring out how things work? The Artistic
Creator likes to play, paint, and dance. Artistic occupations frequently involve working with
forms, designs, and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without
following a clear set of rules. Do you like to play music, paint, or dance? The Social
Helper likes to work with people. Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating
with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service
to others. Do you like helping people? The Enterprising Initiator likes starting new
adventures. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects.
These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they
require risk-taking and often deal with business. Do you like starting new things? The Conventional
Organizer likes to know what the rules are. Conventional occupations frequently involve
following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data
and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Do you like knowing the rules? Now it�s your turn to find your type! This lesson and
other resources are available on the California Career Resource Network’s Web site.

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