Managing Career Success: Action Plan for Growth

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Course Dates

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December 16, 2021

Course Duration

DURATION

6 weeks, online
4-6 hours per week

Course Duration

PROGRAM FEE

US$2,600 US$2,300 or get US$260 off with a referral

Course Information Flexible payment available

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US$2,300 / program fee

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Create a Concrete Action Plan to Achieve Your Career Goals

The range of possible career paths and avenues for C-suite executives and senior professionals continues to expand in today’s ever-changing business landscape. This makes it increasingly important for leaders to view the opportunities available to them through a strategic lens. An approach that has room for agility is crucial when evaluating professional trajectories in regard to career planning, progression, and fulfillment. Top-level executives need actionable strategies that empower them to identify the right career moves and opportunities, strengthen their networks, help them prepare for challenges in new roles, and strike a balance between personal and professional goals.

25%

CEOs who received mentoring and reported smoother job transitions as a result

SOURCE: DDI, 2021

57%

Leaders who are looking at changing companies to advance careers

SOURCE: DDI, 2021

Key Takeaways

  • 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

Program Topics

This program is ideal for C-suite executives, mid- to senior-level executives, and anyone else looking to understand how to build an effective and fulfilling long-term career strategy. The topics also help in evaluating next career moves, achieving professional goals, and balancing personal and professional lives.

Module 1:

Understanding Careers

Define career success and discuss career anchors. Recognize your current and future career stages.

  • Learn to realign your notion of success over time based on your needs
  • Identify the career anchor most important to you
  • Analyze what the chosen anchor means for your professional future

Module 2:

Career Moves

Identify career opportunities in your current professional environment and explore potential future scenarios.

  • Compare the impacts of internal and external career moves
  • Develop a contingency plan for the unexpected
  • Learn the art of writing effective resumes

Module 3:

Managing Relationships

Evaluate your professional network in terms of its density and the strength of your ties.

  • Identify ways to find mentors and build meaningful relationships with them
  • Develop a strategy to strengthen your professional relationships
  • Create an upward management plan

    Module 4:

    Adaptation

    Understand how career moves affect identities and develop a plan for successfully adapting to the new responsibilities.

    • Discuss your definition of identity and the factors that helped shape it
    • Identify professional attributes you may need in your desired career positions

    Module 5:

    Work-Life Balance

    Discover ways to strike a balance between personal and professional goals. Learn to set and manage boundaries.

    • Identify sources of conflict between personal and professional spheres
    • Discuss the sources and opportunities for enrichment in all areas of your life
    • Develop a plan to achieve balance based on your personal working style

    Module 6:

    Big Leaps: Entrepreneurship, Contracting, and International Mobility

    Analyze the benefits and disadvantages of making big career moves, including starting your own venture and moving abroad for work.

    • Explore and compare self-employment opportunities: entrepreneurship versus contracting
    • Discuss the pros and cons of making an international career move
    • Design your path for the next chapter of your career (or for the future)

    Module 1:

    Understanding Careers

    Define career success and discuss career anchors. Recognize your current and future career stages.

    • Learn to realign your notion of success over time based on your needs
    • Identify the career anchor most important to you
    • Analyze what the chosen anchor means for your professional future

    Module 4:

    Adaptation

    Understand how career moves affect identities and develop a plan for successfully adapting to the new responsibilities.

    • Discuss your definition of identity and the factors that helped shape it
    • Identify professional attributes you may need in your desired career positions

    Module 2:

    Career Moves

    Identify career opportunities in your current professional environment and explore potential future scenarios.

    • Compare the impacts of internal and external career moves
    • Develop a contingency plan for the unexpected
    • Learn the art of writing effective resumes

    Module 5:

    Work-Life Balance

    Discover ways to strike a balance between personal and professional goals. Learn to set and manage boundaries.

    • Identify sources of conflict between personal and professional spheres
    • Discuss the sources and opportunities for enrichment in all areas of your life
    • Develop a plan to achieve balance based on your personal working style

    Module 3:

    Managing Relationships

    Evaluate your professional network in terms of its density and the strength of your ties.

    • Identify ways to find mentors and build meaningful relationships with them
    • Develop a strategy to strengthen your professional relationships
    • Create an upward management plan

      Module 6:

      Big Leaps: Entrepreneurship, Contracting, and International Mobility

      Analyze the benefits and disadvantages of making big career moves, including starting your own venture and moving abroad for work.

      • Explore and compare self-employment opportunities: entrepreneurship versus contracting
      • Discuss the pros and cons of making an international career move
      • Design your path for the next chapter of your career (or for the future)
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      Program Experience

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      LIVE OFFICE HOURS

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      REAL-WORLD EXAMPLES

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      LIVE FACULTY SESSION

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      CASE STUDY

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      DISCUSSION

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      FINAL PROJECT

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      TRY-IT ACTIVITIES

      Industry Insights

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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.

      Program Faculty

      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

      Guest Speaker

      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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