Wondering what comes next for your career? Now's the time to make a plan.
Whether you want more from your current role or you want to change careers entirely, the Fellowship will help you get there!
The George Mason University Alumni Association has partnered with the career design experts at Mission Collaborative to bring you this 30 day online program that will give you the clarity and confidence you need to create a fulfilling career that fits you.
Whether you're early, mid, or late-career, the Fellowship provides the structure and accountability you need to make the breakthrough progress you've been struggling to achieve on your own (while fitting into your busy schedule!)
Define what you really want
Pinpoint exactly what you want from your career and prioritize what matters most to you
Identify your unique value
Uncover core strengths and transferable skills that you can leverage in your next career move
Discover exciting options
Identify career paths that fit you better and learn how to test them before committing to one
Follow a proven process
Make a plan for your next steps towards a more fulfilling career and be held accountable for following through
Who this is for
We've designed the Fellowship to help you figure out exactly what you want next from your career regardless of your age, background, or industry.
The Fellowship is perfect for you if you're:
Unsure about your future in your current career and want to be proactive
Feeling bored, burned out, under-appreciated, or not using your strengths at work
Wondering how your skills and experience translate to other career paths
Transitioning to a new phase of life and want to reinvent your career
Kiara: Moved to a better
"This experience was more than well worth it, especially for busy professionals. You'll get superb resources, top-notch career ideas, and insight that will set you on a promising path towards your next career move."
Laura: Software sales
"I had already wasted a ton of time trying to change careers on my own with no actual progress and a lot of fear. The Fellowship helped me understand what I want and how to get it, and the community is priceless."
Scott: Lawyer to
small business owner
"The course platforms were easy to use, flexible, and the whole program fit into my busy schedule. I even developed a detailed action plan that I used immediately to pursue new career opportunities."
How it works
The Fellowship is not 1:1 coaching — it's a peer learning career development program based on the principles of Design Thinking. Starting October 2nd, you'll spend about five hours per week doing the following:
Complete assignments on your own time
Watch career design videos from the experts, explore curated resources, and complete insightful exercises. Just get the work done by the recommended deadlines!
Weekly team working sessions
Work with a diverse team of fellow participants to get new perspectives and enlightening feedback. Choose between Wednesdays at 7pm ET or Thursdays at 9pm ET.
Weekly calls with your Partner
We'll match you with another participant that you have a lot in common with. To keep you accountable, you'll have weekly calls at times that work for both of you.
Leverage the whole community
Crowdsource ideas, resources, and connections from fellow alumni, your personal network, and the Fellowship facilitators. You have an entire community supporting you!
What you'll experience
Expect to spend about five hours per week on the Fellowship. You'll have a 1.5 hour video meeting with your assigned Team once per week (Weds at 7pm ET or Thurs at 9pm ET, you pick). You’ll also have weekly hour-long phone calls with your assigned Partner (at times you choose together).
Oct 2 - 9
Identify your strengths, transferable skills, and interests
Use assessments and guided self-reflection to get to know yourself better
Oct 10 - 16
Define what you want and identify options that align
Prioritize criteria you want your career to fit and start discovering potential options
Oct 17 - 23
Explore your top potential career paths
Learn how to test your options and use our proven framework to narrow them down
Oct 24 - 31
Create an action plan to structure your next steps
Make a plan to finish testing your best options and choose your next career move
Additional career resources and lifetime access to the curriculum
Continued accountability + tools and templates for your next career move
Can't make it this time?
Next Fellowship: Spring 2022
Leave your email and we'll alert you as soon as enrollment opens. See you then!
"This was the greatest investment I've made thus far into advancing my career"
- Celina, Journalism to Healthcare
We're committed to offering Mason alumni outstanding experiences that are accessible to everyone.
Compare to 1-on-1 career coaching ($2,000+) and Mission Collaborative's public Fellowship ($349).
Enrollment closed. Leave your email to get alerted about the next one.
Enroll by 9/17
9/18 - 9/27
We're confident you'll love it. There's really no risk in joining!
Is the Career Design Fellowship right for me?We've designed the program to help you figure out exactly what you want next from your career and develop a plan to get there, regardless of your age, background, or industry. Below are examples of when the program will NOT be a good fit for you: Career Needs You already know exactly what you want and just need help landing a job ASAP You have a unique situation that you're looking for help on (starting a company, figuring out how to get promoted) Time/Effort You're not able to commit to completing the assigned work (about 7-9 hours per week) You're not able to put your best effort into the program You can't make at least 3 of the Team Meetings Format You want one-on-one industry expert coaching You don't find peer-to-peer learning rewarding Attitude/Willingness to Collaborate You want the answers handed to you and aren't willing to put in the hard work You aren't excited to spend some of your time helping your peers You don't want to share thoughts/details about your career with others (all participants commit to keeping information discussed in the program anonymous) Still not sure if the program is right for you? Send us a message and we'll talk!
Who is leading the program? What kind of support can I expect?This is not a 1:1 coaching program where some “career expert” will just hand you the right answers. Instead, it's a peer-learning program supported by a career design expert we refer to as a Program Manager. Your Program Manager will guide you through the Fellowship at each step of the journey, offer dedicated support and ensure you're satisfied with the experience. We’ve found that this peer-to-peer style works better for most people because it creates a level of accountability and diversity of perspectives that will help you make breakthrough progress (without costing $1,000+ the way private coaching does)! While the Fellowship does not include 1:1 coaching, you do have on-demand access to your Fellowship Program Manager anytime you need the extra support! You can reach out to your Program Manager for any of the following reasons: You need tech support with any of the tools we use in the Fellowship You have a question or want feedback on an assignment you're working on You have a concern about your Team or Accountability Partner You're feeling stuck or frustrated and need some additional support You're unhappy with your Fellowship experience for any reason (we will fix it!)
What do you mean by "career design"?We're not just talking about changing from one career to something entirely unrelated and different; we're talking about making some sort of change to your career that brings you more fulfillment. For some people, success is finding a similar role in a new organization, and for others, success is starting over entirely in a new role, new organization, and new industry. We'll help you figure out what's best for you!
How much time will this take?We've designed the Program to be about 7-9 hours of work per week (mostly on your own schedule, except for the Team calls, which are 1.5 hours weekly). We’ll give you the tools you’ll need to be successful, but it’s up to you to put in the time and effort required to make these changes in your life. Participants get the best results when they keep up with the suggested deadlines, put in maximum effort to the assignments and attend all of the weekly Team video calls and Accountability Partner meetings. In other words, the more you put into the experience, the more you get out of it!
What technology do I need to participate?All you need is a computer with a webcam (tablets won't work!), reliable wifi, and a Google account. We'll be using a program called Teachable for the program curriculum, a tool called Slack for our community discussion forum, a platform called Jitsi Meet for our video calls, and Google Docs for our assignments.
What if I have to miss one or more of the Team video calls?While we really want you to participate as fully as possible in the Program, we understand that you may occasionally have a conflict. When you enroll, you'll be asked to choose either Wednesday or Thursday meeting times. If you need to miss just one of the four Team video calls, you can give your team advanced warning and make up the work later. However, if you need to miss more than one, we suggest you wait for the next Program.
Refund PolicyYou're eligible for a full refund up until 7 days before the Program begins. After that, we cannot provide a refund, but we can transfer your enrollment to a later date up until two weeks into the Program. If you are still feeling totally lost after the Program, we'll provide 1-on-1 coaching to help you figure out exactly what to do differently. If you’re following what we suggest and it’s still not working, we will give you your money back.
Who created the program?Grant Schroll, cofounder of Mission Collaborative - I'm passionate about helping others figure out who they want to be when they grow up. I've navigated several career changes myself, going from engineer to consultant to designer and now entrepreneur. I use my background in Design Thinking and facilitation to reimagine career change and create transformative experiences for bold people like you! Ashley Artrip, Lead Facilitator at Mission Collaborative - I’m on a mission to make changing careers less painful. I combine my experience from Gallup, where I worked on employee engagement research, and at SV Academy, which is a career accelerator for underrepresented minorities breaking into sales roles. I am a certified Gallup StrengthsFinder coach, and I deliver actionable career advice that’s built around your strengths and what makes you unique so you can bring your whole self to work.