How do you explore career options with the Strong Interest Inventory?


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Matching interests of satisfied employees in a variety of career fields with a client's interests, the Strong Interest Inventory helps a job seeker evaluate the career options available to them. Using John L. Holland's vocational theory, a client's interest in over one hundred jobs within six major career themes are examined.

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In 1927, E.K. Strong created this self-report inventory to help people exiting the military make educational and career plans. To this day, it is one of the most sound, most researched and widely used interest inventories. New college graduates, students deciding on a major and career changers all benefit from visiting a career counselor to explore their career interests.

Using the client's interests and "type," career choices are presented that fall into one of six themes: Realistic, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, Investigative and Conventional. Preferences for working, learning, leadership opportunities and risk-taking, and how these factors affect career choices, are also explored in the inventory.

Interests are categorized using four different scales: General Occupational Themes, Basic Interest Scales, Occupational Scales and Personal Style Scales. These group intersect with career options.

Well-informed and knowledgeable job seekers make smarter career choices. Lack of fulfillment and frustration are leading causes of career dissatisfaction. The Strong Interest Inventory leads to more educated career choices and therefore, more satisfied employees.

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