Rival Structures for Career Anchors: An Empirical Test of the Circumplex


  • Thierry Wils HEC Montréal and UQO
  • José Bélanger HEC Montréal, Université de Montréal and UQO
  • Eric Gosselin UQO


Career anchors, Circumplex, Empirical test


The way of organizing career anchors according to a circular logic has recently given birth to several competitive structures that did not receive empirical support. Unlike these structures of career anchors that were atheoretical, a new theoretical structuring model is proposed. Using the statistical technique developed by Browne (1992), it turns out that the theoretical model is superior to other structures. The results are also consistent with a structure based on quadrants of compatible career anchors. The careerist quadrant consists of anchor management; the protean quadrant respectively combines the technical/functional competence of anchors, creative challenges, entrepreneurship and autonomy/independence. The social quadrant brings together lifestyle as well as service/dedication anchors while the bureaucratic quadrant refers to the security/stability anchor.


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How to Cite

Wils, T., Bélanger, J., & Gosselin, E. . (2016). Rival Structures for Career Anchors: An Empirical Test of the Circumplex. Canadian Journal of Career Development, 15(2), 17–29. Retrieved from https://cjcd-rcdc.ceric.ca/index.php/cjcd/article/view/150