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  • INTERESTS AND ALTERNATIVE CAREERS Your interests, your career You may be considering a change of direction or you may want to find out more about your ‘interest’ type. The career clusters used in this exercise are based upon the research and development work of the vocational psychologist Dr. John Holland. In this model there are six vocational types. These are listed below. • Realistic • Social • Investigative • Enterprising • Artistic • Conventional They can be arranged in a hexagon as presented. The types that are closest to each other are most similar; the types that are opposite one another are the most different from one another. You may also identify with a second or possible third type. Your combination of career interests can help you to understand what types of work and learning you would enjoy and do well at, particularly if you are considering a change of direction. A detailed description of each of these types follows. If you would like help with working out your skills, personality and values and seeing how they link to these six areas, ask your adviser for the worksheets. If you would like further details on the jobs and careers listed, ask your adviser for the descriptions or refer to If you want to consider careers outside healthcare, visit This site has quizzes that help you to work out would suit you. Advisors Toolkit 1
  • Realistic Doers Doers describe themselves as: reliable, self-reliant, competent, stable, straightforward, honest, natural, practical and thrifty. Realistic people are often good at mechanical or athletic jobs. They like to work with things, like machines, tools or plants, and they like to work with their hands. They are often practical and good at solving problems. Their working style: in interactions with others they prefer to get to the point, do not like lengthy negotiations, want to know what needs to be done and to be left alone to do the job and do it right the first time. Medical careers: Cardiographer Optician Cardiologist Orthopaedic technician Cardiological technician Perfusionist Darkroom technician Pharmacy technician Dental technician Physiological measurement technician Domestic services manager Prosthetist Gastroenterology technician Radiographer (diagnostic) Medical physics technician Radiological technician Medical Technician Radiologist Neurophysiology technician Technical instructor Investigative Thinkers Thinkers describe themselves as: self-determined, intelligent, curious, logical, precise, analytical, reserved, independent and rational. Investigative people like to watch, learn, analyze and solve problems. They often like to work independently, tend to be good at maths and science and enjoy analyzing data. Their working style: prefer to work alone, ask for and provide a lot of detail before coming to a conclusion, want to know the reasons behind decisions and prefer information to be presented in a logical and linear fashion. Medical careers: Animal technician Clinical immunologist Audiological scientist Clinical microbiologist Biomedical scientist Laboratory assistant Computing staff Molecular geneticist Clinical embryologist Pathologist Cervical cytology screener Psychologist Clinical cytogeneticist Optomotrist Artistic Creators Advisors Toolkit 2
  • Creators describe themselves as: creative, emotional, expressive, imaginative, independent, idealistic, open, original, unconventional and tolerant. Artistic people like to work in unstructured situations where they can use their creativity and come up with new ideas. They enjoy performing (theatre or music) and visual arts. Their working style: prefer a creative approach to problem solving and planning, rely heavily on intuition and imagination and enjoy being given a free reign to discover possible solutions to problems. Medical careers: Art, drama and music therapist Medical photographer Social Helpers Helpers describe themselves as: helpful, warm, co-operative, sociable, tactful, friendly, kind, generous, patient and understanding. Social people like to work directly with people rather than things. They enjoy training, instructing, counselling or curing others. They are often good public speakers with helpful, empathetic personalities. Their working style: prefer to network to gather information before creating a plan of action, excel at networking to gather information, create solutions and prefer a team approach. Medical careers: Clinical psychologist Nursing assistant Counsellor Occupational therapist Dietician Physiotherapist Health visitor Psychotherapist Midwife Social worker Nurse Enterprising Persuaders Persuaders describe themselves as: adventurous, energetic, optimistic, agreeable, extroverted, popular, sociable, self-confident and ambitious. Enterprising people like to work with other people; they particularly enjoy influencing, persuading and performing. They like to lead and tend to be assertive and enthusiastic. Their working style: prefer to lead a team to achieve a goal, like to focus on the bigger picture and get others to commit to pieces of the plan and are comfortable delegating work. Medical careers: Human resources manager Health service administrator Conventional Organizers Organizers describe themselves as: conforming, practical, careful, obedient, efficient, orderly, conscientious, persistent, reserved and structured. Conventional people are very detail-oriented and like to work with data. They have good organizational and numerical abilities and are good at following instructions. Conventional people also like working in structured situations. Advisors Toolkit 3
  • Their working style: prefer to have a clear and structured plan and to follow it, pay attention to detail and take pleasure in putting the pieces of the plan together. Medical careers: Clerical staff NHS manager Financial manager Practice manager Health records staff Sterile services manager Medical secretary Store staff Many people fall into two interest areas. The following combinations give an idea of jobs that link to where your interests lie - match your interest profile to the interests below. Realistic and Investigative Realistic and Social Anaesthetist Chiropodist/podiatrist Clinical engineers Dental hygienist Medical physicist Dental nurse Neurosurgeon Paediatrician Obstetrician Dental therapist Optometrist Dentist Orthoptist General practitioner Orthotist Gynaecologist Surgeon Healthcare assistant Speech and language therapist Realistic and Artistic Audio visual technician Realistic and Conventional Ambulance staff Realistic and Enterprising Laundry staff Catering manager Paramedic Porter Phlebotomist Realistic, Investigative, Social (in combination) Doctor Artistic and Investigative Medical photographer Social and Investigative Pharmacist Conventional and Investigative Advisors Toolkit 4
  • Psychiatrist Therapeutic radiographer Clinical biochemist Clinical scientist in histocompatibility and immunogenetics Social and Enterprising Operating department practitioner Health education/health promotion officer Pathology technician Advisors Toolkit 5