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Schein Career Anchors Test

The Career Anchors method was developed in the mid-1970s by Edgar Schein - a leading organizational psychologist and specialist in corporate culture. It aims to determine the main professional motives, study a person's system of value orientations, their social attitudes to career and work in general.

Time to complete

8 minutes

Eligibility

The Schein Career Anchors Test is generally open to individuals ages 18 and older who have an interest in exploring their career goals and motivations.

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Questions for Schein Career Anchors Test

1.

I dream of being so good at what I do that my expert advice will be sought continually.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
2.

I am most fulfilled in my work when I have been able to integrate and manage the efforts ofothers.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
3.

I dream of having a career that will allow me the freedom to do a job my own way and on my ownschedule.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
4.

Security and stability are more important to me than freedom and autonomy

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
5.

I am always on the lookout for ideas that would permit me to start my own enterprise.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
6.

I will feel successful in my career only if I have a feeling of having made a realcontribution to the welfare of society.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
7.

I dream of a career in which I can solve problems or win out in situations that are extremelychallenging.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
8.

I would rather leave my organisation than to be put into a job that would compromise my abilityto pursue personal and family concerns.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
9.

I will feel successful in my career only if I can develop my technical or functional skills to a veryhigh level of competence.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
10.

I dream of being in charge of a complex organisation and making decisions that affect manypeople.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
11.

I am most fulfilled in my work when I am completely free to define my own tasks, schedules andprocedures.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
12.

I would rather leave my organisation altogether than accept an assignment that wouldjeopardise my security in that organisation.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
13.

Building my own business is more important to me than achieving a high-level managerialposition in someone else's organisation.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
14.

I am most fulfilled in my career when I have been able to use my talents in the service of others.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
15.

I will feel successful in my career when I have been able to use my talents in the service ofothers.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
16.

I dream of a career that will permit me to integrate my personal, family and work needs. 

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
17.

Becoming a functional manager in my area of expertise is more attractive to me than becominga general manager 

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
18.

I will feel successful in my career only if I become a general manager in some organisation.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
19.

I will feel successful in my career only if I achieve complete autonomy and freedom.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
20.

I seek jobs in organisations that will give me a sense of security and stability.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
21.

I am most fulfilled in my career when I have been able to build something that is entirely theresult of my own ideas and efforts. 

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
22.

Using my skills to make the world a better place to live and work is more important to me thanachieving a high-level managerial position. 

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
23.

I have been most fulfilled in my career with I have solved seemingly unsolvable problems or wonout over seemingly impossible odds. 

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
24.

I feel successful in life only if I have been able to balance my personal, family and careerrequirements. 

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
25.

I would rather leave my organisation than accept a rotational assignment that would take me outof my area of expertise. 

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
26.

Becoming a general manager is more attractive to me than becoming a functional manager inmy current area of expertise. 

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
27.

The chance to do a job my own way, free of rules and constraints, is more important to me thansecurity. 

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
28.

I am most fulfilled in my work when I feel that I have complete financial and employmentsecurity

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
29.

I will feel successful in my career only if I have succeeded in creating or building something thatis entirely my own product or idea. 

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
30.

I dream of having a career that makes a real contribution to humanity and society

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
31.

I seek out work opportunities that strongly challenge my problem solving and/or competitiveskills.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
32.

Balancing the demands of personal and professional life is more important to me than achievinga high-level managerial position.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
33.

I am most fulfilled in my work when I have been able to use my special skills and talents.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
34.

I would rather leave my organisation than accept a job that would take me away from the generalmanagerial track.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
35.

I would rather leave my organisation than accept a job that would reduce my autonomy andfreedom.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
36.

I dream of having a career that will allow me to feel a sense of security and stability.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
37.

I dream of starting up and running my own business.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
38.

I would rather leave my organisation than accept an assignment that would undermine myability to be of service to others.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
39.

Working on problems that are almost unsolvable is more important to me than achieving a highlevel managerial position.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me
40.

I have always sought out work opportunities that would minimize interference with home orfamily concerns.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Never true for me
  2. Occasionally true for me
  3. Often true for me
  4. Always true for me

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  • The Career Anchors Evaluation by Dr. John Krumboltz

Here are some FAQs and additional information
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Schein Career Anchors Test

What is a Schein Career Anchors Test?

The Schein Career Anchors Test is a career development tool developed by Dr. Edgar Schein that helps individuals identify their core values, competencies and motivations in order to find the job that best suits them. The test consists of eight career anchors that measure a person's career interests and skills.

How does the Schein Career Anchors Test work?

The test asks individuals to rate their agreement with a series of statements about their career interests, values, and aptitudes. Based on their responses, the test will provide a report that outlines the individual's career anchors and suggest a job or career path that best fits their interests and values.

What is a career anchor?

A career anchor is a set of values, interests, and aptitudes that influence an individual's career choices and career path. Understanding career anchors can help individuals make informed decisions about their career choices and identify job opportunities that best fit their career interests and values.

What are the different types of career anchors?

The Schein Career Anchors Test identifies eight different career anchors: Autonomy/Independence, Security/Stability, Technical/Functional Competence, Entrepreneurial Creativity, Managerial Competence, Professional Expertise, Lifestyle, and Service/Dedication to a Cause.

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