What Is Your Career Anchor?

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What Is Your Career Anchor?

What influences your career choices, satisfaction levels and at times your productivity? Career development is not just about gaining the skills and knowledge you need to move roles within the company, it's about continuously evaluating yourself to fulfill your long-term aspirations. To do this, you need to have a strong sense of who you are and what you want from your work. Not everyone is motivated at work by the same thing, and our ambitions are different. So you need to understand WHY you like what you do, what makes the task enjoyable, interesting and stimulating to you. Edgar Schein, a specialist in organisational psychology and career dynamics, identified eight "career anchors" to help answer this question. Schein'


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    I dream of a career where...
    • A. 

      I perform at my best and others approach me for advice.

    • B. 

      I am able to collaborate with others.

    • C. 

      I have the freedom work on my own way and on my own schedule.

    • D. 

      Security and stability are more paramount to freedom and autonomy.

    • E. 

      I can seek out ideas that would let me to start my own company.

    • F. 

      I have a feeling of having made a real impact on society.

    • G. 

      I can solve problems or succeed in situations that are extremely challenging.

    • H. 

      I will not compromise my ability to pursue personal and family concerns.

  • 2. 
    I will feel successful in my career if...
    • A. 

      I can grow and develop my technical or functional skills to a high level of competence

    • B. 

      I am in charge of a complex organisation and making decisions that touch many people.

    • C. 

      I am completely free to define my own tasks, schedules and ways of working.

    • D. 

      I never have to accept an assignment that jeopardises my security in that organisation.

    • E. 

      I am able to build my own company rather than achieving a high-level managerial position in someone else’s organisation.

    • F. 

      I have been able to use my talents in the service of others.

    • G. 

      I face and overcome very difficult challenges.

    • H. 

      I am permitted to integrate my personal, family and work needs.

  • 3. 
    I seek work that...
    • A. 

      Enables me to become a functional manager in my area of expertise rather than becoming a general manager.

    • B. 

      Provides opportunities to become a manager in an organisation.

    • C. 

      Offers complete autonomy and freedom.

    • D. 

      Provides a sense of security and stability.

    • E. 

      Enables me to build something that is entirely the result of my own ideas and efforts.

    • F. 

      Allows me to use my skills to make the world a better place to live and work.

    • G. 

      Offers me opportunities to solve problems over impossible odds.

    • H. 

      Allows me to balance my personal, family and career requirements.

  • 4. 
    I would...
    • A. 

      Rather leave my organisation than accept a rotational assignment that would take me out of my area of expertise.

    • B. 

      Like to become a general manager rather than a functional manager in my current area of expertise.

    • C. 

      Like the chance to do a job my own way, free of rules and constraints.

    • D. 

      Feel most fulfilled in my work when I have complete financial and employment security.

    • E. 

      Feel successful in my career only if I have succeeded in creating or building something entirely on my own product or idea.

    • F. 

      Prefer a career that makes a real contribution to others and society.

    • G. 

      Prefer to seek out work opportunities that strongly challenge my problem solving and/or competitive skills.

    • H. 

      Prefer to balance my personal and professional life than achieve a high-level managerial position.

  • 5. 
    I prefer a job where...
    • A. 

      I can remain on a general managerial career path.

    • B. 

      There is no risk to my autonomy and freedom.

    • C. 

      I have a sense of security and stability.

    • D. 

      I have opportunities to start up and run my own business.

    • E. 

      I am able to use my special skills and talents.

    • F. 

      There is no risk to my ability to be of service to others.

    • G. 

      I can work on unsolvable problems rather than achieving a high-level managerial position.

    • H. 

      There is no risk of interference with home or family concerns.