The SDS can help you make the best career decisions wherever you are in your life. It has been used by more than 30 million people worldwide and has been translated into more than 25 different languages. SDS results have been supported by more than 500 research studies.
- The test takes just 20-30 minutes to complete and costs only $4.95.
- Developed in accordance with National Career Development Association (NCDA) guidelines.
- All results are completely confidential; personalized reports may be viewed on-screen or printed out.
- Online credit card processing is swift and secure.
- The report provides a list of the occupations and fields of study that most closely match your interests.
The SDS was developed by Dr. John Holland, whose theory of vocation is the basis for most career inventories used today. Dr. Holland’s theory states that most people can be loosely categorized into six types—Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional—and that occupations and work environments also can be classified by these categories. People who choose careers that match their own type are most likely to be both satisfied and successful.
Occupations and work environments can also be classified by the same categories. People who choose careers that match their own types are most likely to be both satisfied and successful. Your SDS report can help you to understand more about yourself and how your individual skills and interests are related to your career choice.
Taking the Self-Directed Search will determine your 3-letter Holland code to help you find the careers that best match your interests and abilities. A list of occupations (and college majors) with codes identical and/or similar to your own will be displayed on your screen.
You can then explore the careers you are most likely to find satisfying based upon your interests and skills. Your SDS report (developed by Dr. Robert C. Reardon) will also give you recommendations about how to proceed through your career development and decision-making process. No one assessment can tell you what career to pursue. Only you can make that decision. You should consider your SDS results in combination with other sources of career information, including detailed descriptions of occupations, additional assessments, or career counselors.