Self-Directed Search® (SDS®), 5th Edition (Digital Version)
The Self-Directed Search® (SDS®) is a career interest assessment that asks questions about your aspirations, activities, skills, and interests in different jobs. From the responses, the SDS produces your personal three-letter Summary Code, which you can use to find occupations and fields of study that match well with your personality.
Purpose: Assess Career Interests
Age range: 11-70 years
Sustainability: High School Students, Career change, Transitioning back into workforce,
Admin: Self-report; Individual or group (If you require group test, please email prior to ordering email@example.com)
Admin time: 25-35 minutes to administer; 10 minutes to score
Sample Report: Client Interpretive Report
Availability: On-line or print
The fifth edition of the SDS is designed to help clients learn about themselves and their career options. Whether they are college students choosing a major, veterans entering the civilian job market, or adults pursuing a career change, clients can use the SDS to learn more about occupations that match their interests, abilities, and personalities.
Like its predecessors, the SDS 5th 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 the 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 and occupational matches.
This easy-to-use, comprehensive career exploration tool asks questions about the individual’s aspirations, activities, competencies, occupations, and other self-estimates. The resulting three-letter Summary Code, which designates the three personality types an individual most closely resembles, can then be used to help the individual find his or her occupational match.
Features and benefits
- Applies to all stages of life. The components of the SDS 5th Edition can be used together for educational planning and career development as well as leisure and retirement planning.
- Includes brand-new normative data. Normative data were derived from a nationally representative sample of 1,739 students and adults.
- Features enhanced digital access. Self-directed-search.com has been completely retooled to allow public access to the test at a low cost and also to include comprehensive online SDS resources.
- Is well studied and psychometrically sound. The SDS is one of the most thoroughly studied career assessment tools: it has been used in more than 1,500 studies.
- Sets the standard for career assessment. Used by more than 35 million people worldwide, the SDS was originally written by John Holland, the creator of the popular RIASEC theory of vocational personality.
- Uses a continually updated occupations resource. 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.