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Interest Codes

Interest Codes

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests:

Directive people like to

  • take charge
  • be responsible for projects
  • plan, make decisions and coordinate the work of others
  • organize their own activities
  • give directions and instructions
  • see themselves as independent

Innovative people like to

  • explore things in depth
  • find solutions by experimenting
  • create different ways to solve problems or present information
  • be challenged with new or surprising experiences
  • deal with scientific subjects
  • deal with change

 Methodical people like to

  • have clear rules
  • have organization in their activities
  • work under the direction of others
  • work with clear instructions or well-understood procedures
  • work on one thing until it’s done
  • follow a routine
  • avoid surprises in their work

Objective people like to

  • work with tools, equipment, instruments and machinery
  • make or repair things 
  • follow standards and use practised methods
  • find out how things are built and how they work

Social people like to

  • deal with and care for other people
  • help other people figure out what they need
  • help solve other people’s problems
  • work and cooperate with others
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