Career Anchors

Starter Kit for up to 5 Participants
Select Components:

Are your employees or clients feeling stuck in their choice of career or dissatisfied with their current job and not sure which direction to go? For almost 50 years, people have turned to Career Anchors to discover their Career anchor, a combination of perceived areas of competence, motives, and values related to occupational work choices.

  • Overview
  • Details
  • FAQ's
  • Authors

How It Works

Career Anchors offers a role-mapping process which helps participants consider the various external demands and pressures and suggests action steps if these external demands are marked by ambiguity, overload, and/or conflict.

Career Anchors contains work career and family/life that includes suggestions for how work, family, and personal patterns can interact (for better or worse) with each of your career anchors. This product presents a new "looking ahead" section of the companion workbook that begins with a comprehensive look at how the world of work is changing and what these changes may mean for each of the Career Anchors, and it also includes developmental activities that participants can use as next steps in their career development.

Uses and Applications

Career Anchors helps participants identify areas of competence, motives, and values related to their work choices, based on the eight Career Anchors.

The Eight Career Anchors:

  1. Technical/Functional Competence: The ability to apply skills totechnology in the workplace.
  2. General Managerial Competence: Managing and contributingto the organization’s success.
  3. Autonomy/Independence: The ability to define one’s own work and work independently.
  4. Security/Stability: Desiring steady employment and decreased uncertainty.
  5. Entrepreneurial Creativity: Creating an enterprise with innovative thinking and development.
  6. Service/Dedication to a Cause: The opportunity to pursue work that has meaning and value.
  7. Pure Challenge: A competitive role that allows solving complex problems.
  8. Lifestyle: The opportunity to balance work and home life.

Learning Outcomes

This newest edition has updated information and research, including a more detailed description and elaboration of all eight anchors. Participants will also discover more about the rapidly-changing world of business by uncovering key information on:

  • Globalization
  • Heightened competition
  • New technologies
  • Greater organizational instability and uncertainty
  • Shifting societal values

All of which influence career trajectories and career anchors.

Product Details

Product Type: Workshop and assessment. The facilitator's guide has been amped up and crafted as a tool to accompany the participant workbook and self-assessment, with special emphasis on addressing facilitator and training needs for exploring every possible anchor weighing your down.
Target Audience: All employees of all levels at an organization.
Measures: Career Anchors measures how participants identify areas of competence, motives, and values related to their work choices, based on the eight Career Anchors.
The Eight Career Anchors:
  • Technical/Functional Competence
  • General Managerial Competence
  • Autonomy/Independence
  • Security/Stability
  • Entrepreneurial Creativity
  • Service/Dedication to a Cause
  • Pure Challenge
  • Lifestyle
Time Required: Half-day or 2-hour workshop.

What to Order

Starter Kit: Order One Kit for Up to Five Participants & One Trainer.

The Starter Kit includes a Facilitator Guide, a five-pack of Workbooks, and a five-pack of Paper Assessments.

Facilitator Guide: Order One Guide Per Trainer.

The Facilitator Guide includes background information, administrative guidelines, step-by-step workshop outline, and sample participant materials. Facilitator support materials will be available to you as a digital download link in your order confirmation.

Workbook 5-Pack: Order One Pack for Up to Five Participants.

The Workbook serves as comprehensive takeaway that includes critical content, worksheets, and forms used during the workshop, as well as additional tools for on-the-job use.

Paper Assessment 5-Pack: Order One Pack for Up to Five Participants.

The print version is ideal for facilitators who prefer to oversee scoring and administration of the assessment if you don't know who the participants will be before the class begins, or if your learners do not have easy access to computers. It includes pressure-sensitive forms for scoring to aid manual tabulation.

About the Authors

Edgar H. Schein is Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His consulting work focuses on organizational culture, organization development, process consultation, and career dynamics, and among his past and current clients are major corporations both in the U.S. and overseas such as Digital Equipment Corporation, Ciba-Geigy, Apple, Citibank, General Foods, Procter & Gamble, ICI, Saab Combitech, Steinbergs, Alcoa, Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, Exxon, Shell, AMOCO, Con Edison, and the Economic Development Board of Singapore.

John Van Maanen works within the fields of organization behavior and theory and is an ethnographer of organizations ranging from police departments to educational institutions to a variety of business firms. In addition, he has worked with numerous public and private organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia, including BP, IBM, BMW, Siemens, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Lafarge, Warburg Dillon Read, and the National University of Technology (Singapore).