Given our obsession with using research to help students make better career and college major decisions – this particular quote stuck out to me from Bill Gates’ Wall Street Journal interview last weekend, “Was the $5 BillionWorth It?”:
"I bring a bias to this," says Mr. Gates. "I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts." Compared with R&D spending in the pharmaceutical or information-technology sectors, he says, next to nothing is spent on education research. "That's partly because of the problem of who would do it. Who thinks of it as their business? The 50 states don't think of it that way, and schools of education are not about research. So we come into this thinking that we should fund the research."
Fortunately for people making career and education decisions, a huge amount of peer-reviewed research has already been done.
Research shows what leads to job and career satisfaction – using Holland’s Theory to match your personality to careers and college majors. And for you to see the benefits, you have to use a scientifically valid assessment of Holland's 6 personality types. To learn more:
- Holland’s Theory of Career Choice
- Choosing a College Major
- Choosing a Career Cluster, Field or Pathway
- Choosing a College Based on Your Personality; What does the research say? (PDF for students, parents, counselors and career development professionals)
- Key Piece in College Completion Missing: Personality Major Match (PDF for educators, counselors, and policy-makers)
- The Career Key Manual (more about our scientifically valid Holland assessment and our personality match to careers, college majors, and career clusters)