More about Career Planning

More about Career Planning

 A useful tool in career planning

This is something I find very useful, and indeed simple to intepret and understand.
It is Holland Code.

The Holland Code is a career and personality assessment tool that divides people into six personality types:


People who enjoy working with objects, tools, and machines. They are good at solving practical problems and working with their hands.


People who are curious and enjoy learning new things. They are good at problem-solving and analyzing information.


People who are creative and expressive. They are good at coming up with new ideas and seeing the world in a unique way.


People who enjoy helping others and working with people. They are good at communicating and understanding others’ feelings.


People who are outgoing and enjoy taking risks. They are good at leading and motivating others.


People who are organized and efficient. They are good at following rules and procedures.

Each person’s Holland Code is a combination of these six personality types. For example, someone with a Holland Code of “RIA” would be most interested in Realistic, Investigative, and Artistic activities.

The Holland Code can be used to help people choose careers that are a good fit for their personality type. It can also be used to help people understand their strengths and weaknesses, and to develop their career goals.

Here is a visual representation of the Holland Code:
Opens in a new windownccareers.orghexagon with the six Holland Code types at each point
The closer two types are on the hexagon, the more similar they are. For example, Realistic and Investigative are similar because they both enjoy working with things and ideas. Artistic and Social are similar because they both enjoy working with people and expressing themselves.

The Holland Code is a valuable tool for career exploration and development. It can help people find careers that they are passionate about and that make the best use of their skills and abilities.

If you are interested in learning more about the Holland Code, there are many resources available online and in libraries. You can also take a Holland Code assessment to get your own personal code.

Career Planning and Career Coaching


I think to most people, the two seems the same. I would like to share a little bit of what I understand.

There is a simpler way to look at the differences between career planning and career coaching:

Career planning:This is a process you can do on your own to help you set career goals and develop a plan to achieve them. It can be a long-term or short-term process, and it can be free or low-cost.

Career coaching:This is a service you can hire a professional to provide. A career coach can help you with all aspects of career planning, from setting goals to developing an action plan. Career coaching can be more expensive than career planning, but it can be a more efficient way to achieve your career goals.
Here is a table that summarizes the key differences between career planning and career coaching:

CharacteristicCareer PlanningCareer Coaching
ApproachSelf-directedFacilitated by a coach
DurationCan be ongoingTypically 6-12 months
GoalsSet career objectives and develop a plan to achieve themHelp individuals overcome barriers and achieve their career goals
ActivitiesCareer assessments, research, networking, goal settingGoal setting, action planning, accountability, support
OutcomesDevelop a clear career path and strategyMake progress towards career goals, increase self-awareness and confidence

Ultimately, the best approach for us will depend on our individual needs and goals. If you are not sure which approach is right for you, I recommend talking to a career counselor or coach who can help you assess your needs and make the best decision for you.

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