The Self-Directed Search (SDS) was developed by Dr. John Holland, whose theory of vocation is the basis for most career inventories used today. Dr. Holland’s theory states that most people can be loosely categorized into six types—Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional—and that occupations and work environments also can be classified by these categories. People who choose careers that match their own type are most likely to be both satisfied and successful.
Occupations and work environments can also be classified by the same categories. People who choose careers that match their own types are most likely to be both satisfied and successful. Your SDS report can help you to understand more about yourself and how your individual skills and interests are related to your career choice.
You can then explore the careers you are most likely to find satisfying based upon your interests and skills. Your SDS report (developed by Dr. Robert C. Reardon) will also give you recommendations about how to proceed through your career development and decision-making process. No one assessment can tell you what career to pursue. Only you can make that decision.
The test has 8 sub-tests: 5 examining the reading process and 3 the writing process
The report of SDS will provide you with: