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1. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant…
  • 1. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 643330 Interests John Holland developed an influential theory of career choice and he identified that when people work in areas that interest them, they are more motivated and perform better. Further research by Spokane et al (2000) conducted a detailed analysis of interests as a predictor of job satisfaction and found there is a strong relationship between these two factors and they highlighted the importance of exploring interests when choosing careers.
  • 2. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 643330 Interests • There is an overlap between skills and interests, as people are more likely to invest time & energy in developing skills that interest them. • However, an interest can be different to a skill. An interest is when you are drawn to something, excited by it, attracted to it, energised by it, it intrigues you – it appeals to you, even though you may not have tried it before. • Therefore being interested in something is not the same as being skilled in/at it.
  • 3. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 643330 Interests Exercise Objective: To identify your interest types (i.e. what it is you love doing, both inside and outside of the working environment) and seek roles that you are passionate about, in order to increase your levels of job satisfaction and performance.
  • 4. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 643330 Interests Exercise  Please go to the Interests section at the beginning of your Career Development Journal  You will be asked to choose your personal preferences from 6 areas of interest. Mark the following statements on a scale of 1 – 10, with 10 being the closest to how you feel.  Social  Enterprising  Investigative  Practical Focus  Creative  Systematic
  • 5. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 643330 Interests Exercise, page 1
  • 6. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 643330 Interests Exercise Social Working with people and making a difference in their lives is of interest to me. I like roles where I can work with groups and organisations that treat people well. I am interested in helping people and communication skills. I’m usually less interested in working with machines, mathematics, and work that is dictated by procedures.
  • 7. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 643330 Interests Exercise Enterprising I’m ambitious and enjoy working toward goals and having responsibility. I tend to be good at dealing with other people and influencing others. I suppose you could say that I’m self- confident, see myself as a leader who is respected by others. I usually enjoy work that involves: Managing projects or people, making decisions, persuading others to see my point of view, selling ideas to others. I tend to be interested in communication, persuasion and leadership skills. I’m not really interested in repetitive work and ‘back-seat’ type roles.
  • 8. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 643330 Interests Exercise Investigative I’m interested in solving problems and understanding why things happen. I like to ask questions, seek information and observe what is going on around me. I have an interest in roles involving mathematics, diagnosing problems, sharing ideas and generating solutions. I also like technical, mathematical and scientific fields of work. I’m not really into dealing with people, being a leader or repetitive work.
  • 9. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 643330 Interests Exercise Practical Focus I tend to enjoy practical, hands-on work activities. My preferred work activities would include working with physical materials such as plants, animals, machinery and tools. I also like to dabble in building, fixing or repairing things or using my physical abilities as tools to complete tasks – e.g. using my strength, flexibility or dexterity. I like to think that I’m down-to-earth, concrete, practical and action-oriented. I don’t really like roles involving a lot of paperwork.
  • 10. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 643330 Interests Exercise Creative I’m interested in art, self-expression and how things look and sound. My preferred work activities typically involve designing and producing art forms – e.g. visual arts, drama, performance, music, dance or writing. I am drawn to work environments that are unstructured and offer freedom, variety, and change. I could be described as expressive, imaginative, intuitive, non- conforming and introspective. I tend to dislike repetitive or highly structured work such as clerical and business roles.
  • 11. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 643330 Interests Exercise Systematic I like following set procedures, routines, and working with ordered numbers or information, such as an office environment. These roles can include working with data and details more than ideas. Usually I like a clear line of authority to follow. I feel comfortable around orderliness, organisation, security and routines. I like to think of myself as clear, logical and reliable.
  • 12. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 643330 Interests Exercise Review the scoring of 1-10 that you gave to each interest area List your top three areas of interest in descending order Use the dialogue box to write down any related thoughts
  • 13. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 643330 Interests Key Facilitation Points: • Help researcher understand/confirm where their interests are • Help researchers understand/confirm where their interest are not • Consider the interaction between skills and interests • How could working in a particular role(s) suit their interests?
  • 14. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 643330 Interests Key Facilitation Points: • To what extent does the researcher’s current, last, or considered future roles match their interests? • What roles are being suggested by their interest results? • Most people will be a mixture of different interest areas with a predominance in one. • Each description will not reflect the individual researcher 100%. Explore and discuss.
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