Now that you have classified your types, it is time to obtain your Holland Interest Codes.

To obtain your Holland Interest Codes, you need to combine your Primary and Secondary types in a systematic manner.  I recommend taking out a sheet of paper or opening a Microsoft Excel file at this time, as you will need to record and save the Codes you create.

If you have 1 Primary type, then use Method A.  If you have 2 Primary types, then use Method B.  If you have 3 or more Primary types, you will need to return to the instructions on previous pages and revise your interpretations so that you have a maximum of 2 Primary types (hint: which of your Primary types is the least important of your Primary types… make that one of your Secondary types).

Please note that the order of the letters does NOT matter for our purposes.  They are interchangeable.  For example, the code “RI” is the same as the code “IR”.

Method A

Write down each possible 2-letter combination (on a new row of your paper/spreadsheet) of your Primary letter with each of your Secondary letters, as well as the Primary letter by itself.

Example 1: if your Primary was R and your Secondary was I, you would write:

  1. RI
  2. R

Example 2: if your Primary was R and your Secondary was A, you would write:

  1. RA
  2. R

Example 3: if your Primary was R and your Secondaries were S and E, you would write:

  1. RS
  2. RE
  3. R

Example 4: if your Primary was R and your secondaries were I, A, and S, you would write:

  1. RI
  2. RA
  3. RS
  4. R

Example 5: if your Primary was I and your secondaries were A, S, and E, you would write:

  1. IA
  2. IS
  3. IE
  4. I

Example 6: if your Primary was S and your secondaries were R, I, E, and C, you would write:

  1. SR
  2. SI
  3. SE
  4. SC
  5. S

Method B

You will do the following twice, once for each Primary letter: Write down each possible 2-letter combination (on a new row of your paper/spreadsheet) of your Primary letter with each of your Secondary letters, as well as the Primary letter by itself.  You will also pair your two Primaries together once.

Example 7: If your Primaries were R and I and your secondary was A, you would first start by pairing your two Primaries together (RI).  Then, you would proceed to pretend as if your first Primary (R) was the only one you had, and you would pair it with each of your secondaries (A).  Next, you would do the same for your other Primary (I).

  1. RI
  2. RA
  3. IA

Example 8: If your Primaries were R and I and your secondaries were A and S, you would first start by pairing your two Primaries together (RI).  Then, you would proceed to pretend as if your first Primary (R) was the only one you had, and you would pair it with each of your secondaries (A, S).  Next, you would do the same for your other Primary (I).

  1. RI
  2. RA
  3. RS
  4. IA
  5. IS

Example 9: If your Primaries were R and I and your secondaries were E and C, you would first start by pairing your two Primaries together (RI).  Then, you would proceed to pretend as if your first Primary (R) was the only one you had, and you would pair it with each of your secondaries (E, C).  Next, you would do the same for your other Primary (I).

  1. RI
  2. RE
  3. RC
  4. IE
  5. IC

Example 10: If your Primaries were R and I and your secondaries were A, S, and E, you would first start by pairing your two Primaries together (RI).  Then, you would proceed to pretend as if your first Primary (R) was the only one you had, and you would pair it with each of your secondaries (A, S, and E).  Next, you would do the same for your other Primary (I).

  1. RI
  2. RA
  3. RS
  4. RE
  5. IA
  6. IS
  7. IE

Ready for Step 2?

Now that you have your list of Holland Interest Codes, you’re ready to move on to Step 2: Create Your Occupations Roster.