The Strong Interest Inventory® Conventional Theme

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Strong Interest Inventory® Conventional Theme

Discovering the underlying components of your Strong Interest Inventory® Profile (SIIP) is important in choosing a future work path that fits best with your interests and preferences. Oftentimes, much of this information can be found in the Basic Interest Scales that your SIIP aligns with. Check out how learning about the Conventional Theme can help you choose a rewarding career—even in a place that you may not think to look.

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The Strong Interest Inventory Conventional Theme includes basic interest scales that mostly have to do with numbers, numerical systems, management systems, and computer programming. The four BIS’s included in this theme are Office Management, Taxes & Accounting, Programming and Informational Systems, and Finance & Investing. (Donnay et al., 2005, CPP, 61)

The Strong Interest Inventory® Test Office Management BIS is often prevalent in those individuals who enjoy maintaining a highly organized life and workspace. This could include having their finances in order, making sure that everyone is doing their jobs, keeping track of the products and stock, etc. Ultimately, the over-arching component of this BIS (and other Conventional BIS’s) is the methodical nature of the tasks that people who score high in them enjoy performing. Those who score high in this BIS would prefer a career in a position such as administrative assistant, credit manager, health administrator, and business teacher. (Donnay et al., 2005, CPP, 61)

The Taxes & Accounting BIS usually is expressed in those who enjoy logical interpretation of monetary assets, developing financial plans, and working with numbers. Fulfilling career choices for these individuals could include accountants, auditors, teachers in the math field, and even computer scientists. (Donnay et al., 2005, CPP, 61)

Those who score high on the Programming & Information Systems BIS often enjoy website creation, writing programs using various code languages, and other computer-related activities. They often find themselves leaning toward careers such as technical support specialists, engineers, software developers, and even physicists. (Donnay et al., 2005, CPP, 62)

Lastly, the Finance and Investing BIS is prevalent among those individuals who take an interest in where money goes and how to make more of it. They enjoy interpreting trends in the market, financial planning, and analyzing where money comes from and where it should go. Often, careers associated with this Strong Interest Inventory BIS include stockbrokers, purchasing agents, and even realtors. (Donnay et al., 2005, CPP, 62)

Knowing that your Strong Interest Inventory Profile aligns with one or more of these BIS’s can help you understand the types of careers that you may enjoy. Even if you do not align with every BIS in the Conventional Theme, chances are that certain components of those BIS’s contain concepts and ideals that you find compelling, as these themes are created based on the commonality between the different interests. For example, you may find that you are more interested in Finance & Investing even though you scored higher in the Taxing & Accounting BIS—by knowing how the two are connected in a common theme, you can see other options that fulfill your interests and preferences that may not necessarily be the most common choice for your Strong Interest Inventory Profile score.

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