Careers for Social Types
Social types, or otherwise known as “The Helpers”, tend to be empathetic and thoughtful. They are drawn to others and seek close relationships with them.
In this article, we will explore the social type in detail. We will look at their strengths in their workplace and what careers they are likely to be best suited to. If you, or someone you know, has tested as a social type then we hope the information below assists you in your career search!
Overview of the Social Type
The Social personality type, or “The Helper”, is one of the six personality types included in the Holland Code model of personality. Typically, social types tend to be friendly, outgoing, generous and empathetic. They value cooperation and cohesion and find great joy in being around others.
Social types get their nickname “The Helper” because they have the desire to connect with other people. They find great joy in helping these people and caring for them.
Many of a Social personality types strengths are in their caring and friendly nature. At work, they truly stand out because of skills such as:
- Helping Others. A social type enjoys being around others. They thrive best when they are teaching others and helping them to be better.
- Empathy. Social types are excellent at reading emotional cues and understanding how other people feel.
- Positive Energy. Social individuals thrive on making others feel better, and as a result have a positive attitude.
- Cooperation. Social individuals seek harmony and cohesion. As a result, they are cooperative team players.
Best Careers for Social Types
Social types a natural born helpers. Typically, they are compassionate, caring and like to make a valuable impact on the lives of others. They are mostly interested in helping others, and are likely to be found in careers that allow this. As a result, Social types are often found working as counsellors, teachers or nurses.
It is important to note that although you may relate most to the Social personality type, your ‘ideal’ career may be influenced by your secondary (and then tertiary) type.
- Social types with a secondary type of ‘Artistic’ like to help people, but they also like a career with a bit of creativity. As a result, they are likely to be suited to careers as an art teacher at elementary school level, a hairdresser or a recreational therapist.
- Social types with a secondary type of ‘Enterprising’ really like helping and influencing others. These types are likely to enjoy careers in human resources, personal training or being an entrepreneur.
- Social types with a secondary type of ‘Conventional’ like to work in a reliable, accurate and organized manner. As a result, these Social types may thrive as librarians, financial advisors or physician assistants.
- Social types with a secondary type of ‘Investigative’ like to research and solve people-related problems. These types are likely to be found in allied healthcare positions such as physical therapists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists.
- Social types with a secondary type of ‘Realistic’ like to do practical and hands-on work. They are likely to thrive in careers where they can use their hands to help people. Such careers include as a midwife, massage therapist or home healthcare aid.
Worst Careers for Social Types
Social types thrive on meaningful and emotional connections. Careers where they cannot work closely with others and/or care and help them are likely to be unfulfilling for Social types. As a result, Healers may want to avoid careers with a lot of solo or data-driven work. Such careers include as farmers, truck drivers, carpenters or computer programmers.