The Career Change Fellowship

30 day online program

 

Important question if you’re feeling stuck in an unfulfilling career, trapped in a toxic work environment, or not finding the meaning or challenge you want from your job:

If there was a step-by-step strategy to discover and pursue a FAR MORE REWARDING career in 30 days, even if you’re not exactly sure what you want yet…

 

Would it give you the confidence you need to finally commit to building a career you're actually passionate about?

You are not alone

Two-thirds of Americans are disengaged at work,

according to a new workplace study by Gallup.

Here’s the thing...

 

Working where you don’t fit – or are under-appreciated – sucks your energy, and doesn’t just make you crabby toward your kids, partner, and the dog...

 

... it’s draining your soul!

 

Nearly two-thirds of unhappy employees believe that their job is having a significant negative impact on their mental and behavioral health.

 

You need to get out of this unhealthy situation now!


 

But leaving the stability of your current job can be scary

 

Even if you’re miserable at work, you’ve got financial responsibilities.

People are counting on you. So what do you do?

 

You quietly dabble with...

 

- Surfing job boards (which only works when you have a solid strategy)

- Blasting out your resume (and getting screened out immediately)

- Complaining incessantly to your friends and family (who are tired of hearing it)

- Paying a career coach $300 per hour (just kidding)

- Falling deeper into despair every day...

 

Because you’re not even sure what career you would find fulfilling.

That's why we created the Career Change Fellowship

You need a proven strategy to discover a fulfilling career that fits you and a step-by-step plan to get you there.

Hi, we’re Grant and Erica, the founders of Mission Collaborative, and since 2017 we’ve served over 1,200 career changers through 60+ programs.

We’ve partnered with the JMU Alumni Association to bring you this custom-built Career Change Fellowship, designed specifically for Dukes just like you!

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Your expert career change guides

Grant Schroll

My mission is to help others be their best selves so they can make their fullest contribution to the world. I use my background in Design Thinking and facilitation to reimagine career change and create transformative experiences. I'm excited to be one of your lead facilitators for the Fellowship!

Erica Soultanian

I redesigned my own career path, leaving a career in corporate finance to create meaningful impact in local government. Having experienced the challenges of career change first hand, I dedicated myself to building Mission Collaborative so others don't have to suffer the way I did. I'm an expert researcher, compassionate coach, and go-getter entrepreneur.

Finally, something that will actually work for you 

"When I learned about this program, 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 actually get it, and the community is priceless."

- Laura, Winter 2019

"Now, nearly three months into the new job, I can confirm that this is absolutely the best and most rewarding job I’ve ever had. Without a doubt, the process of reflecting on my goals and values and then testing career paths has led me to a much happier place."

- Javier, Summer 2018

"The Fellowship was way better than I could've hoped! This is an experience that is 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."

- Victoria, Spring 2019

Imagine, in just 30 days you could...

 

- Get clarity on *the* career that leverages your strengths and fuels your soul

- Develop a concrete action plan to make your career change with 100% confidence

- Build lasting relationships with fellow JMU career changers


 

This time next year, you could ...

 

- Be in a more fulfilling career, not just a job, with a sense of purpose

- Wake up each morning excited about going to work

- Set the example for your family you always wanted to

 
how it works

Let's design your ideal career together 

Here's how the transformation happens:

Complete assignments on your own time

Watch videos, explore resources, and work on assignments. We'll give you deadlines to keep you on track, but you're free to do the work when it's most convenient for you. "I don't have time" is no longer a valid excuse!

Weekly working sessions with your Team

Video conference with a small team of five Fellows to help you think boldly and hold you accountable. Choose between Wednesdays at 7pm EST or Thursdays at 9pm EST.

One-on-one phone calls with your partners

We'll match you with two Accountability Partners, and each week you'll connect with one of them to complete an assignment together (you schedule the calls at a time that works for both of you).

An entire community excited to help you

Crowdsource ideas, resources, and connections from other Fellows, alumni mentors, and the program facilitators. You don't have to do this on your own; put your growing network to work for you!

outcomes

You’ll get the clarity you need to know exactly what you want from your next career move

You'll develop a concrete action plan for your next steps towards a great career

You’ll join an inspiring community of peers who will help you along your journey

  • Clarify your core values, unique strengths, and interests

  • Define the characteristics of your ideal next career move

  • Identify several exciting potential career paths to explore further

  • Learn how to effectively test potential career paths to find the best fit for you

  • Create a Testing Plan to start vetting your career options

  • Learn a better process for landing your next job as a career changer

  • Create an Action Plan for your next steps post Fellowship

  • Build lasting relationships with other JMU career changers

  • Retain lifetime access to the program content and community

And more specifically, you'll:

"The Fellowship helped me jump start my career change. The online collaboration platforms were easy to use, flexible, and whole program fit into my busy schedule. I even developed a detailed action plan that I used immediately to identify new career opportunities."

- Scott, Winter 2018

"This program gave life, structure and a basic framework to my goals and aspirations. I was able to pinpoint my passions and how they could translate to professional pursuits. I have more courage now, and I have a new strategy for my next job search."

- Michelle, Spring 2019

 
schedule

A game-changing program that fits your busy schedule

Expect to spend about five hours per week working through the program. 

Making a career change is hard work, but completely worth it!

Before the Fellowship

Prepare for your journey

  • Complete the pre-Fellowship survey we'll email you

  • Complete the quick assignments we'll send you a week before

Week 1:

May 11-17

The Reflection Phase: Identify what really matters to you

  • Program introduction and Life Story exercise

  • Team video meeting: May 15th, 7pm OR May 16th, 9pm (EST)

  • Identify your core values, strengths, interests, and skills

  • Call with your Accountability Partner (you choose the time)

Week 2

May 18-24

The Definition Phase: Identify what you want next

  • Define your Ideal Career Criteria for your next move

  • Create your Career Profile to summarize what you want next

  • Team video meeting: May 22nd, 7pm OR May 23rd, 9pm (EST)

  • Call with your Accountability Partner (you choose the time)

Week 3

May 25-31

The Definition Phase: Discover career possibilities that fit you

  • Collect potential career path ideas from the community

  • Evaluate your options and determine their feasibility

  • Team video meeting: May 29th, 7pm OR May 30th, 9pm (EST)

  • Call with your Accountability Partner (you choose the time)

Week 4

June 1-8

The Testing Phase and Next Steps: Create your game plan

  • Create your Test Plan to explore your top options thoughtfully

  • Design an Action Plan to organize your next steps

  • Team video meeting: June 5th, 7pm OR June 6th, 9pm (EST)

  • Call with your Accountability Partner (you choose the time)

(Optional)

Week 5

Week 6

Two additional weeks of optional self-paced content

  • Launch Phase: 5 steps to land your next job as a career changer

  • Additional resources to help you reach your goals

  • Suggested agendas for optional Partner and Team calls

After the Fellowship

Ongoing Support

  • Continued access to the Mission Collaborative Slack community

  • Join our MC alumni LinkedIn group

  • Lifelong support from the JMU Alumni Association

Can't make it this time? Leave your email and we'll alert you about the next one! 

 
 
enroll

You can't afford to guess

Now's your chance to commit to finding the fulfillment you deserve.

We all wish we were ALREADY working in our ideal career.

 

But the truth is that you need a thoughtful process for figuring out

exactly what you want next, and guessing on your own won't cut it.

 

Do nothing and you'll continue to self-sabotage, stagnate,

and quietly resent others who had the courage to build a truly fulfilling career.

 

We don’t want that for you.

 

We don’t want you to look back one month, 6 months, or 12 months from now wondering what could’ve been if only you'd taken action TODAY.

Goodbye stress, hello confidence!

 

Guaranteed results in 90 days or your money back.

Save $50 when you enroll by April 27th (spots limited). Use code "EARLYBIRD"

Enrollment closes May 8th

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With a 90 day guarantee...

 

The only thing you risk is another day of unhappiness.

If you’re ready to wake up in the morning excited to do fulfilling work that:

 

- Leverages your strengths and fits you

- Is meaningful to you and the world

- Is exactly where you belong

 

Then we can’t wait for you to join the JMU Career Change Fellowship where you’ll get the guidance and support you need to finally transform your career!

Still not sure if the Fellowship is right for you? Let's talk about it! Email us

faq

Is the Fellowship right for me?

We've designed the Fellowship 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.

The Fellowship will be hugely valuable to you if you fit any of the following criteria:

  • You feel stuck in an unsatisfying career and you're not sure what to do next

  • You like your work right now but want to figure out what else is out there

  • You have several options for what you could do next, but need to narrow them down

The Fellowship will NOT be a good fit for you if:

  • You already know exactly what you want and just need help landing a job ASAP

  • You want one-on-one industry expert coaching

  • 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're not able to commit to completing the assigned work

How much time will this take?

We've designed the Fellowship to be about five hours of work per week (mostly on your own schedule, except for the Team calls). Participants get the best results when they keep up with the suggested deadlines and attend all of the weekly Team video calls. 

What technology do I need to participate?

All you need is a computer with a webcam, 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, Google Hangouts for our video calls, and Google Docs for our assignments.

What if I have to miss one or more of the Team video meetings?

While we really want you to participate as fully as possible in the Fellowship, 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 meetings, you can give you 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 Fellowship.

What is your refund policy?

​If you complete the Fellowship but after 90 days are still feeling totally lost about what you want from your career, we will personally meet with you 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 return your full enrollment fee.

 

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