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Career Anchors Workshop


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  • 1. Career Anchors Presented by Rob Straby
  • 2. 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)
  • 3. 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
  • 4. Introduction
    • What is your definition of career success?
    • Please share your answer with a partner
  • 5. Introduction
    • 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
  • 6. Introduction
    • 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
  • 7. Introduction
    • 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 ”
  • 8. Complete the Inventory
    • “ Career Orientations Inventory ”
    • Page 3 of workbook
    • Answer quickly & honestly
    • 10 minutes to do
    • 5 minutes to score
  • 9.
    • 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
  • 10. 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
    • Lifestyle
      • Balance and integrate personal, family and career needs
  • 11. Interviewing in Pairs
    • Choose a partner
    • Each participant interviews their partner
    • Switch after 45 minutes
  • 12. Interviewing in Pairs
    • Please use the questions that are provided
    • The “ interviewer ” is to ask the questions and record their partner ’ s responses
    • The interview is historical
    • Listen for patterns and themes
    • Each interview is to be approximately 45 minutes in length
  • 13. 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
  • 14. 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?
  • 15. 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