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 You and Your Career has been designed to assist in interpreting SDS results. It helps individuals learn more about themselves, their job choices and their career. This booklet explains the ideas behind the Self-Directed Search, how an individual can use their codes and scores, and reviews some ideas for making good career decisions. The 2011 update includes revised links to hardcopy and web-based resources, as well as up-to-date occupations.
It can be used to make the SDS a more complete and self-directed experience, and to relieve teachers/counsellors of the time consuming routine of explaining the personality typology and its more straightforward implications.