The Self-Directed Search (SDS) is a self-administered and self-scored career counselling aid based on John Holland's theory of careers. It provides a vocational counselling experience by stimulating what a person and a counsellor might cover together in several interviews.
The Form R is designed primarily for use with secondary students, tertiary students and adults.
The SDS Australian 2012 Update Assessment Booklet is completed by the client.
It includes the following sections:
- Occupational Daydreams: Asks the client for up to 10 aspirations
- Activates: Six scales, each consisting of 11 items
- Competencies: Six scales, each consisting of 11 items each
- Occupations: Six scales, each consisting of 14 items each
- Self-Estimates: Two sets of six ratings of abilities and skills, with each rating corresponding to a type.
- Scoring: This section outlines how to score the Assessment Booklet and explains how to use the scores to obtain a three-letter summary code. This code is used to search through the Occupations Finder.
- Some next steps: Makes suggestions about how a person can obtain more information to aid in making vocational decisions