career anchor

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Are those aspects of working life we value and which help us to define our skills and our worth. They develop in the early years of our careers when we begin to recognize our own abilities and the aspects of work that we enjoy most. Career anchors help to guide choices about job changes. They constitute a source of stability across a person's working life, even though later on we might find ourselves increasingly dissatisfied with our job. The term was coined by organizational theorist, Edgar Schein, who has identified eight career anchors: technical or functional competence, managerial competence, security, creativity, autonomy and independence, service or dedication to a cause, challenge, and balanced lifestyle.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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