Career Services

Menlo Class of 2023: An Enterprising Class

Freshman class of 2023

Total number of students who completed the assessment: 183 (80.61% of the Freshmen class of 227 students) 

Last November we wrote about the links between personality tests and “culture fit” in organizations. In this post, we’ll focus on the benefits of personality tests, and what one certain personality test – the Holland Code – can teach us about our students at Menlo. 

In “Transition to College,” or STS 100, Menlo Freshmen are eased into college life through being exposed to Menlo’s resources. One of these resources is the Office of Internships, Career Services, and Study Abroad. 

While most students who come to Menlo have a pretty good idea of what they will major in, there are students who end up changing their major at least once while they are at Menlo. It may be a slight shift (Business Entrepreneurship to International Management) or a larger shift (Finance to Psychology). When career services advisors walk into an STS 100 class, we hope that we can reaffirm students in the direction they are headed or provide them with the right resources and insight to decide what they want to major in. 

The platform Focus2Career helps us with this. Through the Work Interest Assessment, students discover their Holland Code and are directly linked to careers where their code thrives via O*NET, a useful website run by the Department of Labor where job seekers can search various fields and occupations. 

The Holland Code, or the RAISEC code, evaluates individuals who complete the assessment and spits out their work-related personality. This code is a three-letter code composed of three out of the six RAISEC letters, which each represent a type: 

R = Realistic

A = Artistic 

I = Investigative 

S = Social 

E = Enterprising 

C = Conventional 

Descriptions of each type can be found in the image below, retrieved from

Last Fall, the class of 2023 completed the Work Interest Assessment through Focus2Career. 183 Freshmen completed the assessment. Of these Freshmen, 42.07% most closely identified with E – enterprising. The second code most identified with S, for social, at 23.50%.  

As you can see in the graphic included, both enterprising and social personalities are described as types who enjoy working with other people. It doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that most of our students feature this trait, or that many of them would be overwhelmingly “enterprising” – the fields of Business and Psychology are, after all, often highly people-oriented! 

The third most common code was A, with 16.93% of students identifying with artistic most strongly. Something else that we focus on here at Menlo is the entrepreneurial spirit, which takes a healthy grasp of creativity. Recall that being here at Menlo does not make a student – it’s the other way around. Menlo attracts people with these personalities. 

What does it mean if you identify most closely with C, I, or R? First, let’s recall from our last piece on personality tests, that the results aren’t everything. Every human is nuanced. Second, there is plenty of value in being investigative in the business in the business and start-up worlds (there is plenty of research to be done), a healthy dose of realism is important to bring the dreamers down to earth (keep an eye on ‘em, Rs), and data and number crunching still tend to rule (Cs, nothing will get you further in the job search than focusing on your efficiency). If you possess one of the more sparse personalities on campus, you will be in high demand for what you can bring to a team. 

What does all of this information tell us, your Career Services team? Having a sense of the personalities on campus will help us better understand what programming we can deliver to you to boost your career journey. It tells us a little bit more about what you might be looking for, and generally assist our own journey in navigating how to provide you with the best resources to help you land your next gig. 

So stay tuned, Class of 2023, for the workshops coming your way during your Sophomore year! 

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