Interests and alternative careers - career types and jobs.doc
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 www.nhs.uk/careers
If you want to consider careers outside healthcare, visit www.connexions.gov.uk/jobs4u. This site
has quizzes that help you to work out would suit you.
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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.
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
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
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.
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
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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
Art, drama and music therapist Medical photographer
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.
Clinical psychologist Nursing assistant
Counsellor Occupational therapist
Health visitor Psychotherapist
Midwife Social worker
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
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.
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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.
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
Clinical engineers Dental hygienist
Medical physicist Dental nurse
Obstetrician Dental therapist
Orthoptist General practitioner
Surgeon Healthcare assistant
Speech and language therapist
Realistic and Artistic
Audio visual technician Realistic and Conventional
Realistic and Enterprising Laundry staff
Catering manager Paramedic
Realistic, Investigative, Social (in
Doctor Artistic and Investigative
Social and Investigative
Pharmacist Conventional and Investigative
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Therapeutic radiographer Clinical biochemist
Clinical scientist in histocompatibility and
Social and Enterprising Operating department practitioner
Health education/health promotion officer Pathology technician
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