The StandardSDS is a career assessment and exploration tool that uses John Holland's RIASEC theory to classify individuals according to six basic types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. The theory is based on the idea that if your personality type matches your work environment type, you are more likely to find job fulfillment and career satisfaction.
The StandardSDS asks questions about aspirations, activities, competencies, and level of interest in a variety of occupations and produces a three-letter Summary Code that helps individuals find educational and occupational matches to their personality type.
The StandardSDS is based on the SDS Form R, 5th Edition (2013). Although it has been completely redesigned and repackaged, no new data were collected for this revision, so information can be used equally and interchangeably between the two editions.
New! To learn more about the development and evaluation of revised SDS materials and online reports, see this presentation from NCDA 2018.
Spanish SDS materials available! The SDS Form R, 5th Edition, Spanish Version (2013) was designed specifically for Spanish-speaking individuals living in the United States. It was translated by experts and reviewed by practicing bilingual counselors.
A comprehensive list of research articles related to the SDS is available via Mendeley, a free reference management tool. After accessing the link, you will be prompted to create an account. This list is based on earlier work by Robert Reardon, Janet Lenz, and colleagues at Florida State University and is updated periodically. This list is also available in the Resources tab above.
New! Want to learn more about assisting your veteran clients? This presentation from NCDA 2018 discusses how to use the SDS and My Next Move for Veterans to help veteran clients narrow down civilian occupations.
includes the StandardSDS Professional Manual, 25 StandardSDS Assessment Booklets, 25 Occupations Finders, and 25 You and Your Career Workbooks and an SDS Educational Opportunities Finder
includes 25 StandardSDS Assessment Booklets, 25 Occupations Finders, and 25 You and Your Career Workbooks
includes StandardSDS Kit and WSA and WVI Introductory Kits
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