This essay declares that Holland’s theory of careers portrays individuals and environments as a single set of six types into which most people across cultures of the world can be classified. In view of this, Holland classified people into six dominant types outlined below. The Realistic type has frank, conforming, inflexible, practical, un-insightful and asocial individuals while Investigative type is critical, independent, analytical, complex, introspective, rational and reserved. Similarly, the Artistic type is found to be intuitive, emotional, expressive, introspective, open and sensitive whereas the Social type is cooperative, empathic, helpful, patient, sociable, understanding and warm. Brown & Lent further contend that the Enterprising type is agreeable, domineering, energetic, extroverted, optimistic and self-confident as compared to the Conventional type with its careful, conforming, conscientious, inhibited, persistent and practical sense.
This paper makes a conclusion that individuals’ personalities which may include interests, values, abilities and fantasies can be assessed by considering their most dominant type. Inkson further notes that individuals are assumed to be most satisfied, successful and stable in work environments that are congruent with their personality types. As quoted in Sharf, Holland believed that the greater the compatibility between students and their school majors, the greater chances of success for them. ...Show more