Managing Career Success: Action Plan for Growth

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6 weeks, online
4-6 hours per week

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Super Charge Your Career

In this program, you'll learn to:

  • Analyze the potential implications of various internal and external career moves
  • Reimagine your professional network and how to expand it
  • Develop a personalized plan that integrates your life and career goals
  • Adapt to new roles and responsibilities with an agile plan
  • Make calculated career moves based on your current and future career stages

Create an Action Plan to Reach Your Career Goals

We spend about one-third of our lives at work. Why wouldn't we want to make our career the most positive, rewarding experience it can be?

We each have different career motivations that fluctuate depending on life stage. It's crucial to pursue an agile approach when planning and evaluating fulfilling careers.

The Wharton School is at the forefront of research on human capital, and importantly, takes a data-driven approach to help you create an actionable career strategy. This program helps you learn how to plot a career path with intentionality and achieve career success.

Learn from the Best at Wharton

Faculty Member Matthew Bidwell, PhD

Matthew Bidwell, PhD

Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Matthew Bidwell is an associate professor in the Wharton School’s Management Department. His work focuses on career patterns and staffing in the new economy. His research interests include human resource management, the knowledge economy, and worker mobility. More info

Faculty Member Nancy Rothbard, PhD

Nancy Rothbard, PhD

Deputy Dean; David Pottruck Professor; Professor of Management; The Wharton School

Nancy Rothbard is an award-winning expert in work motivation, teamwork, work-life balance, and leadership. Her work focuses on the interplay between emotions and engagement in multiple roles that people perform at the workplace and at home. Her research interests include emotion and identity, motivation and engagement, and work-life and career development. More info

Program Topics

This program is designed for professionals who want to take a more proactive role in designing their career path — one that aligns with individual needs and motivations. Program topics are informed by research from both the Wharton alumni community and from other prominent data sources.

Module 1:

Understanding Careers

Module 2:

Career Moves

Module 3:

Managing Relationships

Module 4:


Module 5:

Work-Life Balance

Module 6:

Big Leaps: Entrepreneurship, Contracting, and International Mobility

Module 1:

Understanding Careers

Module 4:


Module 2:

Career Moves

Module 5:

Work-Life Balance

Module 3:

Managing Relationships

Module 6:

Big Leaps: Entrepreneurship, Contracting, and International Mobility
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Program Experience

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Access to Industry Staples

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Workaholism May Be Killing You

Through this case study, investigate how overworking is detrimental to employee health. Analyze both aspects of the issue, namely working long hours and a compulsive work mentality.

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Edgar Schein’s Career Anchors

The industry-standard self-assessment program enables participants to identify their perceived areas of competence, motives, and values related to work choices.

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Wharton Career Statistics Survey

The Wharton School compiles data collected from surveys given to MBA students and alumni every year. Get access to the data from this research.

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Peter Principle

Learn about employee progressions in organizational hierarchies and how vertical promotions create incompetence as employees move from roles they are skilled at to unfamiliar positions.

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Women in the Workplace Survey

Gain insights into the pandemic’s impact on various groups of women, including women from different races and ethnicities, working mothers, senior leaders, and women with disabilities.

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Sheryl Sandberg on Making Career Moves

This is an example cited to explain career choices, including weighing your options and thinking critically about job moves. As Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg once said, "If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat. Just get on!"

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Adam Rifkin

Recognize the power of networking with this example of serial entrepreneur Adam Rifkin. He built his network through LinkedIn, connecting with hundreds of top CXOs, and was selected as Fortune's Best Networker in 2011.

Hear from Industry and Career Titans

Faculty Member William J.T. Strahan

William J.T. Strahan

Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Comcast Cable

Bill Strahan leads the HR function at Comcast Cable. He is responsible for the organization’s talent management, compensation, benefits, employee learning, and labor relations. He has over 35 years of experience in the field of HR.

Faculty Member Jenna Fisher

Jenna Fisher

CFO and Board Recruiter, Russell Reynolds Associates

Jenna Fisher leads the global Corporate Officers Sector at the executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates. She specializes in leading senior financial officer assignments and has successfully completed more than 300 CFO (chief financial officer) and board member searches, serving clients across various sectors, including the technology, consumer, health care, and retail industries.



Upon successful completion of the program, you will earn a digital certificate of completion from the Wharton School.

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Note: After successful completion of the online program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you in the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wharton School.

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    We have designed this program to fit into your current working life as efficiently as possible. Time will be spent among a variety of activities including:

    • Engaging with recorded video lectures from faculty
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    • Completing knowledge checks/quizzes and required activities
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    The program is designed to be highly interactive while also allowing time for self-reflection and to demonstrate an understanding of the core topics through various active learning exercises. Please email us if you need further clarification on program activities.

    What is it like to learn online with the learning collaborator, Emeritus?

    More than 300,000 learners across 200 countries have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 percent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programs said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded.

    All the contents of the course would be made available to students at the commencement of the course. However, to ensure the program delivers the desired learning outcomes the students may appoint Emeritus to manage the delivery of the program in a cohort-based manner the cost of which is already included in the overall course fee of the course.

    A dedicated program support team is available 24/5 (Monday to Friday) to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues, or anything else that may affect your learning experience.

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    Peer learning adds substantially to the overall learning experience and is an important part of the program. You can connect and communicate with other participants through our learning platform.

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    This program is scored as a pass or no-pass; participants must complete the required activities to pass and obtain the certificate of completion. Some programs include a final project submission or other assignments to obtain passing status. This information will be noted in the program brochure. Please email us if you need further clarification on any specific program requirements.

    What type of certificate will I receive?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a smart digital certificate. The smart digital certificate can be shared with friends, family, schools, or potential employers. You can use it on your cover letter, resume, and/or display it on your LinkedIn profile.
    The digital certificate will be sent approximately two weeks after the program, once grading is complete.

    Can I get the hard copy of the certificate?

    No, only verified digital certificates will be issued upon successful completion. This allows you to share your credentials on social platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

    Do I receive alumni status after completing this program?

    No, there is no alumni status granted for this program. In some cases, there are credits that count toward a higher level of certification. This information will be clearly noted in the program brochure.

    How long will I have access to the learning materials?

    You will have access to the online learning platform and all the videos and program materials for 12 months following the program start date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.

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    Participants will need the latest version of their preferred browser to access the learning platform. In addition, Microsoft Office and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts.

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    Yes, the learning platform is accessed via the internet, and video content is not available for download. However, you can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. For maximum flexibility, you can access program content from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

    Video lectures must be streamed via the internet, and any livestream webinars and office hours will require an internet connection. However, these sessions are always recorded, so you may view them later.

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    Yes, you can register up until seven days past the published start date of the program without missing any of the core program material or learnings.

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    After the published start date of the program, you have until the midpoint of the program to request to defer to a future cohort of the same program. A deferral request must be submitted along with a specified reason and explanation. Cohort changes may be made only once per enrollment and are subject to availability of other cohorts scheduled at our discretion. This will not be applicable for deferrals within the refund period, and the limit of one deferral per enrollment remains. All deferral requests should be sent to

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