Janet G Lenz & Robert C. Reardon
The Self-Directed Search (SDS) is an interest inventory based on John Holland's RIASEC theory that people, work, and educational environments can be classified according to six basic types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional (RIASEC). According to the SDS's publisher, Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc., the SDS is the most widely used interest inventory in the world and has been translated into 25 languages. The SDS helps individuals identify occupations and fields of study that best match their self-reported interests and abilities. The SDS is based on the assumption that individuals whose job and work environments closely match their personality and interests usually consider themselves satisfied and successful with the career choices they have made. The most commonly used version of the instrument is the SDS Form R (SDS R). In the Form R Assessment Booklet , individuals list their occupational aspirations in the Daydreams section, which can be scored ...