Person + Environment

People say they want to get a “good job,” but what does that mean? There are so many things that could constitute a “good job” and the qualifications are different for everybody. So, here’s the big question- how do you figure out what is a “good job” for you?

People say they want to get a “good job,” but what does that mean? Does it mean that you want a high salary? Or a corner office? An ocean view? Does it mean you never want to step into an office?  Do you want to make your own hours? Or know where you will be from nine to five during the week?

There are so many things that could constitute a “good job” and the qualifications are different for everybody. So, here’s the big question- how do you figure out what is a “good job” for you?

To answer this question for myself, I found it helpful to consider the concept of “person-environment fit.” Person-environment fit is simply the idea of “how well does a person match with his or her working environment?”

For example, I want a career that gives me a fair amount of autonomy and let’s me do different things on a day-to-day basis but still allows for stability. I started to consider the idea of becoming a professor in my field.

As part of my training class for the Career Center, I took our Self Directed Search assessment (SDS). The SDS is an assessment that that is available to students through the Career Center every day.

The SDS proves participants with their Holland Code. Holland codes are comprised of three letters and correspond to a variety of careers and academic interests based on the idea of “person-environment fit.” What job will be best for you based on your competencies? Interests? Etc.

Discovering my Holland code and considering the results of my SDS assessment that pursing academia could be the right choice for me. It was very nice to have a bit of reassurance.

For further profiles of Holland Code components, keep an eye out for future blog posts. In the mean time, start thinking about where you might fit best and even come in to take the SDS in the MU Career Center!