Why Choosing the Right Career Could be the Most Important Decision of Your Life - Part 3: What are Your Work Interests?

Last week’s blog highlighted six General Themes, which can be organized to describe one’s work personality. This week we’re delving deeper to explore interests that align with those themes. Consider these questions…Are you more excited by nature and agriculture or financing and investing? Are you more of a math and science person or does visual arts and design peak your interest? Are you more of a politics and public speaking or counseling and helping others type? Does the work you are doing or want to do match up with your interests? Think about your child, spouse or friends – are they pursuing a good fit between their interests and occupation?  Sadly, many people will answer “no” to this question. The good news is that by knowing your interests you can easily identify occupations that may be a good fit for you!

Let’s take a look at which interests correspond to each of the six General Themes!

(S) SOCIAL: Is all about helping, instructing, and caring for others.

  • Corresponding Interests:
  • Religion & Spirituality
  • Counseling & Helping
  • Teaching & Education
  • Human Resources & Training
  • Social Sciences
  • Healthcare Services

(A) ARTISTIC:  Is all about creating and enjoying art.

  • Corresponding Interests:
  • Writing & Mass Communication
  • Culinary Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts & Design

 (R) REALISTIC:  Is all about physical activity.

  • Corresponding Interests:
  • Nature & Agriculture
  • Athletics
  • Military
  • Computer Hardware & Electronics
  • Protective Services

(E) ENTERPRISING: Is all about leading and influencing others.

  • Corresponding Interests:
  • Politics & Public Speaking
  • Management
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Sales
  • Law
  • Entrepreneurship


(C) CONVENTIONAL: Is all about organization, detail, and accuracy.

  • Corresponding Interests:
  • Office Management
  • Finance & Investing
  • Taxes & Accounting
  • Programming & Information Systems


(I) INVESTIGATIVE: Is all about analyzing and interpreting data.

  • Corresponding Interests:
  • Research
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Medical Science


You can discover the interests which best describe you by taking the Strong Interest Inventory on CareerPuppy.com! Simply click on “Find Your Passion” to get started. When you check out just enter the code CPB815 to receive a 20% discount!  You can even share the discount code with your friends. You can choose the iStartStrong report or one of our more detailed reports that comes with consultation from our professional staff. The assessment also comes with one year of access to all of the CareerPuppy.com resources, which include career profiles, videos, an interactive forum, and activities to help you with your career quest!

As part of this series during the month of August, next week in Part 4 we’ll dig even deeper into the Strong Interest Inventory to explore how the six Themes and interests connect to specific occupations!  Which occupations might be a best fit for you?