Step 2 - Find Programs That Best Match Your Type

Find the Holland Types below that correspond to each of the three letter types you received in Step 1, or choose the three that you feel best reflect your interests and skills. Then review the related Excelsior College degree programs and majors for each of your types.

When you're ready, learn what you can do with your degree choice in Step 3.

R (Realistic)

People with mechanical and athletic abilities. Enjoy working with machines, tools, objects, and animals. Practical, reserved and physical. May like to work outdoors on concrete problems and see tangible results. Prefers dealing with things rather than R related programs and majors.

I (Investigative)

People with math and science abilities. Like working alone and solving complex problems. Enjoy researching, exploring ideas, collecting data, analyzing, inquiring, and using instruments; methodical, original, and logical. Often have strong scientific orientation. Prefer dealing with ideas rather than people or I related programs and majors.

A (Artistic)

People with artistic abilities and imagination. Enjoy creating original work. Enjoy being independent, introspective, self-expressive, innovative and unstructured. Like to develop skills in music, art, drama, language, and writing. Prefer dealing with ideas rather than A related programs and majors.

S (Social)

People with social skills. Interested in social relationships and helping others. Enjoy working with people to inform, train, enlighten, or cure. Perceptive, responsible, emphatic, and patient. May enjoy group activities and are usually skilled with words. Prefer dealing with people rather than S related programs and majors.

E (Enterprising)

People with leadership and speaking abilities. Influencers. Seek to use mind, words, and feelings in dealing with people to motivate, persuade, manage, and sell things or promote ideas. Assertive, sociable, ambitious, influential, and goal oriented. Prefer dealing with people and ideas rather than E related programs and majors.

C (Conventional)

People with clerical and math ability. Prefer working indoors. Like data and detail and organizing things. Enjoy activities that permit organization of information in a clear, orderly manner; Detail-oriented, responsible, logical and conforming; likes structured settings. Prefers dealing with words and numbers rather than C related programs and majors.

About Choosing Majors

  • Studies show that people change jobs 7-10 times and change careers 3-6 times in their lifespan.
  • Choice of a major is only one factor in determining your career path. Your experience, skills, personal traits, and career goals also show employers what you have to offer. Choosing one major or degree program does not define your final career choice, but it will provide direction and opportunity.
  • An Excelsior degree will give you the foundation you need for all of your future career steps. Earn your degree, maintain career awareness, and you will be on your way to a successful career!

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