The SDS, Fifth Edition, is based on John Holland’s theory that both people and work environments can be classified according to six basic types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. These personality types are known collectively as the Holland RIASEC model.
The SDS asks questions about an individual’s aspirations, activities, competencies, and level of interest in different occupations. From the responses, the SDS generates a three-letter Summary Code, which can be used to help the individual find his or her educational or occupational matches.
Features and Benefits
- Its components can be used together for educational planning and career development and for leisure and retirement planning.
- Normative data were derived from a nationally representative sample of 1,739 students and adults.
- The SDS is one of the most thoroughly studied career assessment tools: it has been used in more than 1,500 studies and by more than 35 million people worldwide.
- SDS Summary Codes are linked to occupations found in the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) database, a major occupational site used by consumers and professionals.
SDS Form R Introductory Kit
This package includes the Professional Manual, 25 copies of the Assessment Booklet, 25 copies of the Occupations Finder, and 25 copies of the You And Your Career booklet, plus one bonus copy each of the Leisure Activities Finder and the Educational Opportunities Finder.
- The Assessment Booklet includes sections for clients to rate the activities and occupations that interest them and to rate their own abilities and competencies. It provides guidance for interpreting the Summary Code as well as resources and next steps for the user.
- The Occupations Finder is an index of Summary Codes for occupations in the O*NET database. O*NET codes are included for each occupation, making it easy for clients to learn more about the occupations that correspond to their code.
- The You and Your Career booklet explains Holland’s RIASEC model in more detail; it provides strategies for making career decisions and resources for further career exploration.
- The Educational Opportunities Finder helps users identify programs of study that are associated with their Summary Codes.
- The Leisure Activities Finder identifies more than 800 leisure activities that match the personality types identified by the SDS.
- The SDS Professional Manual provides the theory underlying the SDS, guidelines for administration and scoring, and information about interpreting results.