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What are your interests?

Social?

Social

The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

Realist

General
The Realist interest is for work that involves 'doing' something to inanimate 'things'. There is usually a hands-on aspect to this work and it is important that there are visible (tangible) results for one's efforts.

Interests
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Activities
Realist activities include basic physical work (handling goods, deliveries), controlling and operating equipment (e.g. cranes, aircraft), using tools and instruments (drills, microscopes), building and repairing equipment (e.g. construction work, electrics, electronics, mechanics), skilled labour (e.g. precision cutting/alignment) and other work requiring fine eye-hand coordination (e.g. sports, pilot).

Occupations
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Design & Development Engineer
Carpenter / Joiner
Engineering Production Manager
Manufacturing Engineer
Civil / Construction Engineer
Aircraft Mechanic
Cabinet Maker
Insurance Surveyor
Army Apprentice
Metal Fabricator
Building Engineer
Construction / Building

Realist

Realistic occupations involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outdoors.

Code: R

Administrative

Administrative occupations involve working with data and details more than with ideas and people. These people like clear routines and instructions, and enjoy checking facts and figures.

Code: A

Enterprising

Enterprising occupations involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Code: E

Investigative

Investigative occupations involve working with ideas and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Code: I

Social

Social occupations involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Code: S

Creative

Creative occupations involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Code: C

Linguistic

Linguistic types enjoy work involving the creation and exchange of information through writing, electronic media or the spoken word. These people prefer unstructured environments where there is time to use their imagination to compose their thoughts.

Code: L

Naturalist

Naturalists like work that involves 'doing' something to 'organic things', i.e. plants, animals and their produce (e.g. food). Like Realists, Naturalists enjoy a hands-on approach and like to see tangible results.

Code: N