What is the SDS?

The Self-Directed Search® (SDS®) is a career interest test that asks questions about your aspirations, activities, skills, and interests in different jobs. From the responses, the SDS produces your personal three-letter Summary Code, which you can use to find occupations and fields of study that match well with your personality.

The SDS is based on John Holland’s theory that both people and working environments can be classified according to six basic types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. These personality types are known together as RIASEC.

Find your future.

More than 35 million people worldwide have used the SDS to discover the careers and fields of study that are likely to satisfy them.

Are you still in school, or do you have a child in school? High school and college students can use the SDS to narrow down their educational focus, decide whether college is the right path, and choose majors. The SDS will generate a list of fields of study that can help you tighten your objectives.

Are you considering a career change or delaying retirement? Many people realize at some point in their lives that they’ve outgrown their job. Some people are forced to look for new work because of a layoff. And baby boomers are increasingly staying in the workforce instead of taking traditional retirements. Use the SDS to discover the jobs that are available to you now—after all, your skills and interests are not the same as they were when you were 18. The SDS will assess your current skills, interests, and aspirations and provide a list of occupations that suit you now.

Are you recently discharged from the military? The SDS includes a resource designed specifically for you. The Veterans and Military Occupations Finder links civilian occupations to military occupational codes, so you know how your military experience will be best applied in the civilian world.

Are you a career counselor? Enhance your practice with the psychometrically sound, standardized SDS. Used in more than 1,500 research studies, the SDS incorporates a central theory of vocational personality and an extensive research base.

Are you in charge of recruiting for your organization? Shorten your hiring process by administering the SDS before you make an offer. The SDS can increase your chances of making the right hire by giving you vital information about the match between the candidate’s personality and the position for which he or she is interviewing.

Are you aimless in retirement? The SDS Leisure Activities Finder is a comprehensive listing of leisure activities that can be searched according to your SDS Summary Code. Over 800 activities are included, more than in any other available instrument.

Your future is waiting. Take the SDS today!