RIASEC Theory: Career Development Applications to Elevate Your Work in the 21st Century

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Dr. Janet Lenz is a senior research associate in the Florida State University Career Center’s Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development. Prior to that she was an Associate-In faculty member in Florida State’s Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems (EPLS), and the Career Center’s Program Director for Instruction, Research, and Evaluation. She also served as the FSU Career Center’s Program Director for Career Advising, Counseling, & Programming. Dr. Lenz is a past-president of the National Career Development Association (NCDA), an NCDA Eminent Career Award winner and an NCDA fellow. She is a National Certified Counselor, Certified Career Counselor (CCC), and a Career Development Facilitator Instructor. She has a PhD in Counseling and a Master’s in Higher Education.

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION: Many career practitioners use Holland’s RIASEC theory in their work with clients. All too often, the full richness and power of Holland’s theory, as evidenced by decades of research and practice, are not harnessed because the theory is often just used to match people with occupations. Knowing how to use RIASEC theory’s secondary constructs in understanding client concerns, and how the theory can be integrated with other career development theories such as cognitive information processing theory, will give you practical ideas for helping your clients in deeper and more meaningful ways. In general, Session 1 on September 14 will cover the first two bullet points, which the third bullet point will be covered on the 21st.


  • Further your understanding of how Holland’s RIASEC theory and related research can be applied in practice with your diverse clientele.
  • Enrich your knowledge by digging deeper into the secondary constructs in RIASEC theory to further understand client needs, including applying that knowledge into their career, counseling, and coaching practices.
  • Learn how RIASEC theory can be used in conjunction with other career theories, such as cognitive information processing theory, to better conceptualize client cases and inform interventions for varied clientele and service delivery levels.