Interests play a key role in career choice. By looking at your interests, you can discover who you are, work you enjoy, and make meaningful career decisions.

John Holland was a psychologist who devoted his professional life to researching issues related to career choice and satisfaction. He developed a well-known career theory that suggests that people and work environments can be categorized into six occupational themes: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional (called the "RIASEC" theory). This model provides a framework for matching interests to the characteristics of these themes.

The Newly Revised Strong Interest Inventory (SII) and Self-Directed Search (SDS) are assessments based on Holland’s theory. If you do not have access to the SII or SDS, they can be administered by a career counselor or you may determine your RIASEC theme code by reading the descriptions for each theme.

Once you have identified your top three themes, you can use them to assist you in identifying and researching career areas or to search for positions by occupational theme or interest area.