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Use to increase self awareness regarding career choices
on October 28, 2007
I recommend Career Anchors to people who are trying to decide what they want to do next with their careers. It's also useful for managers who want to better understand their staff members.
Schein's theory is that there are eight primary values that drive career choice and satisfaction. The values are (1) technical/functional competence, (2) general managerial competence, (3) autonomy/independence, (4) security/stability, (5) entrepreneurial creativity, (6) service/dedication to a cause, (7) pure challenge, and (8) lifestyle. He thinks that one of those values, or anchors, dominates for each of us.
The book contains a quick, easy quiz to help you identify your anchor. It then provides a description of each anchor, the type of work you might enjoy, how you might want to be rewarded, how/why you might want to be promoted, and the type of recognition that you prefer.
I have had so many "aha" moments from this book about why I enjoy certain types of work, and don't enjoy other types of work, that I recommend it to career coaches and to anyone who is reflecting on their personal career choice.