The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between emotional
intelligence and vocational interests using a sample of 272 Greek 10th and 11th
Grade students. Trait Emotional Intelligence model (Petrides & Furnham,
2000, 2001, 2003) and Holland’s RIASEC (Realistic, Investigative, Artistic,
Social, Enterprising & Conventional) vocational interest model are used.
Trait Emotional Intelligence is assessed with the Trait Emotional Intelligence
Questionnaire-Adolescent Short Form (TEIQue-ASF) (Petrides, Sangareeau,
Furnhum, & Frederickson, 2006) and the RIASEC types are assessed with the
Self-Directed Search-SDS (Holland, 1994). The results show that trait emotional
intelligence is positively correlated to the Enterprising Type in all SDS
subscales. Additionally, emotional intelligence has low positive correlations
with the Investigative and Realistic Types (only in the “Competencies” and
“Self-Estimates” subscales), and the Social and Conservative Types (only in the
“Competencies” subscale). Implications for research and adolescents’ career
counselling are also discussed.