Career Anchors

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

  • Technical/Functional Competence
  • General Managerial Competence
  • Autonomy/Independence
  • Security/Stability
  • Entrepreneurial Creativity
  • Service/Dedication to a Cause
  • Pure Challenge
  • Lifestyle

Every person is concerned to some degree with each of these issues. The label "career anchor" indicates an area of such paramount importance to a person that he or she would not give it up. The person comes to define his or her basic self-image in terms of that concern, and it becomes an overriding issue at every stage of their career.

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How It Works

This edition offers a role-mapping process which helps to consider the various external demands and pressures and suggests action steps if these external demands are marked by ambiguity, overload and/or conflict. It also contains work career and family/life that includes suggestions for how work, family, and personal patterns identified can interact (for better or worse) with each of the eight 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.

Product Details

This new edition has new and updated information, includes a more detailed description and elaboration of the eight anchors, addresses the rapidly-changing world of business, and includes more information on globalization, heightened competition, new technologies, greater organizational instability and uncertainty and shifting societal values - all of which influence career trajectories and career anchors. The facilitator's guide has been ramped 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 these anchors.
Time Required: Half day or 2 hour workshop

What do I order?

Order one facilitator guide per facilitator and one workbook and one participant guide per participant.

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).