Managing Career Success: Action Plan for Growth

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Course Dates


June 15, 2022

Course Duration


6 weeks, online
4-6 hours per week

Course Fee


US$2,600 US$2,288 or get US$260 off with a referral

Course Information Flexible payment available
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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.


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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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