Self Exploration and Career Planning
• Career Connection
• The Ohio State University
• 1640 Neil Avenue, Second Floor
• Younkin Success Center
• Columbus, OH 43201-2333
• (614) 688-3898
Career Planning Model
Self-Assessment Career Reality-Testing
Learn about interests, Exploration Trying out a career
abilities, values, and idea to learn if it fits
personality to find your with what you know
mission in life and about yourself (I.e.,
fields, and academic
identify career and does it support your
areas of study to make
academic possibilities personal mission?)
Evaluating/Balanci Implementing Focusing &
ng Taking action to achieve Goal Setting
your career objective;
Assessing your e.g. conducting job Establishing long
effectiveness in reaching search, selecting an and short-term
your goals, making academic path, applying goals that are
changes to achieve a to graduate or consistent with
balance between work, professional school your personal
leisure, and education mission
REALISTIC (R) “Doers”
• Prefer to work with things rather than with
• Practical and conservative, prefer to work with
• Enjoy fixing things and working outdoors.
• Athletics and risk taking.
• Value accomplishments and common sense.
• Have mechanical abilities.
• Will question everything
• Excellent people to talk to, they like to argue
• Are task-oriented and prefer to work alone.
• Enjoy solving abstract problems, like to
explore and understand things or events.
• Value knowledge, learning, achievement, and
• Usually have math and science abilities.
ARTISTIC (A) “Creators”
• Sensitive, intense in their feelings
• Like to work in artistic settings that offer
opportunities for self-expression.
• Convey thoughts and feelings in words, movement,
song, or color.
• Use their imagination.
• Prefer non-structure
• Value self-expression and beauty.
• Have artistic skills, enjoy creating original work.
SOCIAL (S) “Helpers”
• Sociable, responsible, and concerned with the
welfare of others.
• Prefer to help and support individuals in
• Enjoy interaction and being around others.
• Value fairness and understanding.
• Very spiritual people
• Connect with people they don’t even know
ENTERPRISING (E) “Persuaders”
• Enjoy leading, speaking, and selling.
• Prefer to be in charge and be managers.
• Enjoy the achievement of power and status.
• Value financial and social success, loyalty, and
• Have leadership and public speaking abilities.
CONVENTIONAL (C) “Organizers”
• Prefer highly ordered activities, both verbal and
numerical, that characterized office work.
• Enjoy having well defined tasks.
• Like to organize data or objects.
• Perform tasks that required attention to detail and
• Value detail and thriftiness.
• Have clerical and math abilities.
A Preliminary RIASEC Code
• Take your top three RIASEC letters
(those with the highest ratings)
• List them in order, from greatest to least interest.
• If theme letters are tied, try to pick the one that’s
strongest, or you can indicate a tie like so: I/SA
(if “S” and “I” were tied)
• You will need to play with all possible combinations of
your code ISA, IAS, SIA, SAI, AIS, ASI
Key Points about the RIASEC Model
• Take a look at your code. How does it support or
not your choice of a major/career?
• It’s not a crystal ball or a divine revelation: Simply a
source of information that can be used in career
• The code represents your pattern of interests NOW.
Because interests may change as you experience new
things, your RIASEC code may also change over
• Talk with people who are interested in your
• Explore, explore! Gather information
• Shadow a professional.
• Try and find related volunteer, part-time positions, or
look for an internship
• Seek the advice of career counselors, advisors, teachers,
mentors, and faculty members.
• Work on the web based exercise