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Career Anchors - Fourth Edition

by Edgar H. Schein and John Van Maanen

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. Developed by Edgar Schein at MIT's Sloan School of Management and based on years of research, 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.

In this new edition, preeminent author and researcher Ed Schein has applied new research and the latest thinking in career development. Designed as a systematic way to explore past activities and future aspirations, the self-assessment will help clients get a clearer picture of who they are personally and professionally, and reflect on the qualities they haven't considered or simply take for granted. The self-assessment can be accompanied by the participant workbook and facilitator's guide to dig deeper into the results.

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