Career Counselors

The theoretical foundation of the SDS is as strong as ever. Based on John Holland’s theory that both people and work environments can be classified according to six basic types, the SDS uses the RIASEC model as a framework for your clients’ process as they consider the personality characteristics, interests, aspirations, and competencies that will guide them to a rewarding career.

Using the SDS, one step at a time

Step 1 Help your clients get started by having them answer the questions in the Assessment Booklet or take the SDS online, either through this Web site or through PARiConnect. The Professional Report is available only through PARiConnect.

Step 2 Compare each client’s Summary Code to his or her Aspirations Summary Code to determine the degree of “fit.”

Step 3 Provide the SDS Occupations Finder (or direct them to that section of the report) so they can locate occupations associated with their Summary Code.

Step 4 Help your clients explore next steps, urging them to learn more about the occupations that interest them and develop an education plan, if necessary.

Understanding the SDS: Counselor training

Counselors and other professionals can easily become proficient in using the SDS. Among other training activities, it may be helpful to take the Practitioner Self-Test to gauge your level of comfort with administration. In addition, we recommend reading the SDS Professional Manual and, of course, taking the SDS yourself.

Additional resources

National Career Development Association (NCDA)
O*NET Online
National Association of College and Employers (NACE)