What Career is Best for You?

God has given us each unique talents and personalities, as well as unique life experiences.  All of these things combine together to lead us to contribute to the world through what we usually call a “career”.  There are all sorts of ways to help you determine what career suits you best (e.g. Spiritual Gifts Tests, DISC Profile, etc.), but I like the Career Interests Game from the Missouri.edu website which utilizes the Holland Codes because it is very practical.  Below is a brief description of the different categories: 

Career Interests Game

Courtesy of Missouri.edu

1.      Realistic (Doer) – Have athletic or mechanical ability, prefer to work with objects, tools, machines, plants, animals, or like to be outdoors.

2.     Investigative (Thinker) – Like to observe, learn, investigate, analyze, evaluate or solve problems.

3.     Artistic (Creator) – Have artistic, innovating or intuitional abilities and like to work in unstructured situations using their imagination and creativity.

4.     Social (Helper) – Like to work with people to enlighten, inform, help, train, or cure them, or are skilled with words.

5.     Enterprising (Persuaders) – Like to work with people, influencing, persuading, performing, leading or managing for organizational goals or economic gain.

6.     Conventional (Task-Oriented) – Like to work with data, have clerical or numerical ability, carry out tasks in detail or follow through on others’ instructions.

As you know I like to write, but I would not classify myself as “Artistic” because my writing is more instructional rather than creative.  I would definitely call myself a “Helper”, but I would not classify myself as “Social” because I don’t enjoy a lot of personal interaction.  I prefer to help from a distance – with my written words.  I would classify myself as “Investigative” especially in relation to the Bible, then “Conventional” and then “Realistic”.   

Jesus created you, so He knows You best.  If you are struggling to find the right “fit” in your life then talk to Jesus.  It’s taken me more than half my life to get a good idea of what fits me best and more than likely it will be modified many more times before I die.  That’s ok!  

1Peter 4 – 10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. (NLT) 

Let’s Pray:  My Creator, Thank You for giving me amazing gifts and talents.  Help me use them for Your glory!  In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

QUESTION:  Using the Holland Codes, does your current career “fit” you?  Use the comment form below to share your thoughts.

 

Have a Victorious Day!

Marianne

 

  • http://www.threedimensionalvitality.com/ Ann Musico

    I never heard of that assessment Marianne – that’s very interesting. I would say I am Investigative since I love to evaluate and solve problems, social because I love to help people and then Enterprising. Great food for thought! And it’s taken me many years to figure out what fits me best as well and I’m still learning.

    • http://www.MarianneClements.org/ Marianne Clements

      Ann,

      I found it several years ago and thought it was really thorough. I can see you as Investigative, Social and Enterprising. It’s fun to share these things with friends. I think it gives us better insight.

      It’s great that there’s not “one size fits all” and that we can grow and change as God reveals more to us about who HE created us to be.

      Have a Victorious Day!

      Marianne

  • http://PurposefulPathway.com/ Caroline Gavin

    Marianne, thank you so very much for sharing this excellent tool! I agree that it is practical and easy to use. I also agree that it is important to embrace our unique gifts and personalities in order to more powerfully bless others and glorify God. I tend to be Investigative, Artistic and Social; my career fits me well, but I have made “mistakes” along the way with careers far less fitting. That being said, discovering what does not fit has allowed me to appreciate more fully what does. Thank you for being a precious part of this purposeful pathway and for sharing your God-given gifts!

    • http://www.MarianneClements.org/ Marianne Clements

      Caroline,

      I would think Artistic is your strongest area because of your poetry and love of photography. It’s interesting to note that we share the Investigative trait.

      You are so right that discovering what doesn’t fit is helpful in appreciating what DOES fit.

      Thank you too for sharing your God-given gifts.

      Have a Victorious Day!

      Marianne

      • http://PurposefulPathway.com/ Caroline Gavin

        Wow! Thank you so very much, Marianne! Yes, art has been a passion of mine since my youngest years…from music to sketching to photography to writing. I do enjoy investigation too; I often find research, analysis and unraveling mysteries to be exhilarating. I absolutely see this quality in you! Thank you again for sharing your gifts, your wisdom and your journey! Blessed I am to travel the Lord’s Heaven-bound “purposeful pathway” with you!

        • http://www.MarianneClements.org/ Marianne Clements

          Caroline,

          I admire artistic qualities in others, because it’s not my gift, although I like photography, especially photographing nature.

          Yes, investigation and unraveling mysteries is very exciting!

          Thank you for sharing your gifts, wisdom and journey!

          Have a Victorious Day!

          Marianne