The nice robot box says IT is my destiny

As part of a career assessment from WCTC, I took a battery of tests.  After all was tallied, they found some interesting results:

Holland Interest Profiler

This test measured what I like to do based on a series of “Would you rather…” scenarios.  I came out as an ICR, which in JohnHollandese is Investigative, Conventional, and Realistic, and are thus explained:

Highest Ranked Interest Area: I – Investigative
People with Investigative interests like work activities that have to do with ideas and thinking more than with physical activity. They like to search for facts and figure out problems mentally rather than to persuade or lead people.
Second Highest Ranked Interest Area: C – Conventional
People with Conventional interests like work activities that follow set procedures and routines. They prefer working with data and detail more than with ideas. They prefer work in which there are precise standards rather than work in which they have to judge things by themselves. These people like working where the lines of authority are clear.
Third Highest Ranked Interest Area:) R – Realistic
People with Realistic interests like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They enjoy dealing with plants, animals, and real-world materials, like wood, tools, and machinery. They enjoy outside work. Often people with Realistic interests do not like occupations that mainly involve doing paperwork or working closely with others.

My best matching career clusters BASED ONLY ON MY INTERESTS are IT, Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, and Health Science.

Workplace Skills

This test measured what basic skills I possessed, based on my own impression of each skill.  Based on my abilities, my #1 hit was a Civil Drafter, but with a match score of only 66%.

66    Civil Drafters
66    Architectural Drafters
66    Electromechanical Technicians
63    Wood Model Makers
61    Office Machine Technicians
61    Numerical Control Machine Setup Operators
61    Woodworking Machine Operators
61    Photofinishers
60    Medical Records Technicians hot occupation
60    Photoengravers
60    Printing Press Operators
59    Statistical Clerks
59    Coremakers
59    Photographic Technicians
58    Research Analysts
58    Laboratory Equipment Preparers hot occupation
58    Computer Operators
58    Computer Peripheral Equipment Operators
58    Bowling Alley Mechanics
58    Metal Fabricating Machine Setup Operators
58    Bookbinders
58    Woodworking Machine Setup Operators

Work Values

The Work Values assessment is based on the Theory of Workforce Adjustment and indicates the degree of job satisfaction I would likely get out of certain work settings.

Based on this test, I would get the best job satisfaction out of being an Apparel Patternmaker.

1    Apparel Patternmakers
2    Elevator Mechanics
3    Metal Patternmakers
4    Engravers
5    Shipfitters hot occupation
6    Layout Workers
7    Wood Patternmakers
8    Wood Model Makers
9    Gunsmiths
10    Precision Calibrators
11    Automobile Painters
12    Lithographic Photographers
13    Photographic Technicians
14    Piano Technicians
15    Musical Instrument Repairers
16    Paper Machine Setup Operators
17    Precision Pattern and Model Makers
18    Gem Workers
19    Printing Machine Operators and Tenders
20    Maintenance Mechanics
21    Tool Grinders
22    Metalworking and Plasticworking Machine Operators and Tenders
23    Electromechanical Technicians hot occupation
24    Desktop Publishers
25    Machinists
26    Lithographic Strippers
27    Metalworking and Plasticworking Machine Setup Operators
28    Computer Technicians
29    Boilermakers
30    Refrigeration Technicians


After all the assessments were done, I was presented with a list of jobs that best matched my three metrics.  In fact, out of the five dimensions that were referenced, only ONE JOB out of the 66,000 in the database matched in three of the five categories:  Research Analyst.  Incidentally, the three dimensions that matched were Career Interest, Personal Interest, and Known Skills.  It did not match in Job Satisfaction or Experience.  The other 29 that were presented matched in only two out of five categories.  Also, none of the jobs presented indicate positive employment growth in the next 10 years.  The only job I found in the expanded list with a positive employment growth in the 10 year outlook matched two out of five (but weakly).  It was Database Administrator.  That lines up with Job Satisfaction 66% and Career Interest 70%.  It doesn’t line up with skills, experience, or Personal Interest.

So I guess I’m just completely screwed when it comes to jobs.  I’m no good at what I like doing and nobody’s hiring for the stuff I am good at.

  1. #1 by John Reeves on January 7, 2010 - 11:39 AM


    Picked up your comment on my Google alerts. Excellent analysis of your holland assessment – Self Directed Search? No skills in your interest area is a common dillemna. For a second opinion, I would be happy give you a free password for CareerScope Online – it has a more precise interest report (12 categories), and does timed assessments of your aptitudes – those areas where you are most likely to excel in training and job performance. Takes an hour on your computer. Email me if you are interested.

  2. #2 by Phillip on January 7, 2010 - 12:35 PM

    Of all the workplace skills, I think I could see you as one of the woodworkers. It’s meticulous, but also kind of rewarding when things just work right.

    I just can’t picture you having fun making clothing patterns though.

    • #3 by Joshua on January 7, 2010 - 12:41 PM

      I’d considered machining / woodworking / etc. And I could as long as I didn’t have to design the patterns – I’m far from artistic. Well, that, and there aren’t any woodworking / machining jobs this side of the Pacific.

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