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Career Anchors

Presented by Rob Straby

Career Anchors Agenda

Introduction (15 minutes) Completing the Career Orientations Inventory (15 minutes) Understanding the Anchors (15 minutes) Interviewing in dyads (90 minutes) Identifying Career Anchors (15 minutes) Questions & answers (15 minutes)

Learning Goals
To help you to develop self-insight so that you can manage career choices and moves To provide a framework for thinking about how careers develop and how an individual integrates career concerns into their total psychological makeup To provide you with an opportunity to practice interviewing another person about their career

What is your definition of career success? Please share your answer with a partner

As individuals move into their careers, they develop self-concepts in terms of:
Talents and abilities Motives and needs Values

People become more skilled in the areas that they value and that motivate them, because they choose to spend more time and and energy on them

People learn to value work that enables them to use their preferred skills If a person does not value a talent, they may fail to use it and lose a skill set that they once had People seek congruity and consistency in their talents, motives and values

As individuals develop insight over time, they make more rational career choices Interviews with people who are 10+ years into their careers describe being pulled back to core work aspects they prefer These dominant elements that govern their choices can be thought of as career anchors

Complete the Inventory

Career Orientations Inventory Page 3 of workbook Answer quickly & honestly 10 minutes to do 5 minutes to score

8 Career Anchors:
Technical / functional competence
Focus on developing skills

General managerial competence

Opportunity to develop up the ladder

Autonomy / independence
Flexibility & freedom

Security / stability
Loyalty & promise of tenure

8 Career Anchors:
Entrepreneurial creativity
Create an organization or enterprise

Service / dedication to a cause

Making the world a better place

Pure challenge
To solve impossible problems

Balance and integrate personal, family and career needs

Interviewing in Pairs
Choose a partner Each participant interviews their partner Switch after 45 minutes

Interviewing in Pairs
Please use the questions that are provided The interviewer is to ask the questions and record their partners responses The interview is historical Listen for patterns and themes Each interview is to be approximately 45 minutes in length

Identifying Your Career Anchors

Read the section Identifying Your Career Anchor on pages 58-60 Complete section on Determining Your Own Anchor on pages 60-62 Share results with your partner

Discussion of Anchors
Can a person have more than one career anchor? Do career anchors change? Does an anchor represent what a person does or what a person would like to do? Are some anchors better than others? How does one define career success or failure?

What Should You Do Next?

Learn how to learn more about yourself Analyze your present role Plan ahead Communicate your needs Become active in managing your career