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Idea Generator

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What is the Idea Generator?

The Idea Generator is a FREE 10-minute quiz created by Sheridan’s Career Counsellors to help you explore program options and make decisions.

If you are considering studying at Sheridan but are not sure what program might fit you, or perhaps you are a current student thinking about switching programs, the Idea Generator is a great starting point!

How can the Idea Generator help?

Through a series of questions, the Idea Generator helps you to determine your career profile and areas of career interests. It then suggests Sheridan programs that match. It’s not the only thing you can use to make program decisions, but it’s a great start!

Although the Idea Generator is not a comprehensive assessment it is based on a lot of research that has shown that the better the match between you and your program, the higher the likelihood of success, satisfaction, and enjoyment.

How does the Idea Generator work?

It’s easy. Just answer a series of questions covering 5 topics, all about you! Don’t worry, it’s not hard, and it won’t take long. There are no right or wrong answers.

The Idea Generator is based on a respected and commonly used career theory, called the Holland Codes. Based on what you choose, it will give you your own unique profile, and suggest programs at Sheridan that fit your profile. From there, you can click on the programs to learn more information.

I did the Idea Generator. What now? 

Here are three tips to help you understand your results:

  1. The Holland Codes represent six types of career interest preferences: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional. We are usually a combination of two or three types, or interest preference areas.
  2. The six types match well with different work environments. The idea is that similar people tend to enjoy working in similar environments. For example, Investigative people are more likely to be successful and satisfied if they select a career that has an Investigative environment, like working in a medical laboratory – an environment where science, math, and problem-solving skills are used.
  3. You are more likely to be satisfied and happy if you select a career or college program that matches one or more of your top career areas of interest.

For a more in-depth analysis of your results, refer to the example analysis to help. 

Next Steps:

Email yourself your results and start by picking three programs that you would like to learn more about. To help you assess whether a program is a good fit for you, click on the program page and review the following sections:

  1. Program Overview and Learning Outcomes: to find out what you will be learning in the program, how you will be learning, and any extra program information that is important, such industry certifications and professional associations connected to your program, pathways to degrees, and field placement opportunities.
  2. Courses: this will give you an idea of both the required courses and electives of your program. It will also give you a picture of the skills and abilities you will need to succeed
  3. Career Opportunities: this will give you an idea of the types of jobs and industries Sheridan graduates from your program go on to.

Learn More:

The Idea Generator isn’t just a quiz. It’s also a chance to share your results with a Career AdvisorOur Career Advisors are there to help you narrow down your options, identify programs that fit your interests and goals, understand program expectations and requirements, and learn about career opportunities.

Additional Resources:

Visit our Career QuickTips for online resources we have gathered to help you pick your career path.