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Alumni Career Design Fellowship

30-day online program to create a more fulfilling career

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 MIT Alumni Association is collaborating 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)! Exclusively open to MIT alumni.

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Define what you really want

Pinpoint exactly what you want from your career and prioritize what matters most to you

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Identify your unique value

Uncover core strengths and transferable skills that you can leverage in your next career move

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Discover exciting options

Identify career paths that fit you better and learn how to test them before committing to one

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Follow a proven process

Make a plan for your next steps toward a more fulfilling career and be held accountable for following through

Who this is for

We‘ve designed the Fellowship to help MIT alumni like 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 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

Mid Career

Rodrigo R., MBA ’17

“The fellowship program is a great way to learn more about yourself, gain fresh perspectives, and, of course, meet brilliant human beings!”

Mid Career

Priscilla E., ’10

”Bouncing ideas, fears, and learning experiences off of fellow alums, who all brought something different to the table, gave me fresh insight into my own career process.“

Late Career

Eugene B., SM ’93, PhD ’01

“The fellowship takes advantage of the tremendous reservoir of MIT alumni talent, and reminds you that MIT alumni are the best career development resource that you can have!“

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 Saturday, October 23, spend about five hours per week doing the following:

Complete assignments on your own time

Learn the Career Design Process from experts, explore MIT career resources, and complete insightful exercises at your own pace by the provided deadlines.

Weekly team working sessions

Work with a diverse team of fellow MIT alumni to get new perspectives and enlightening feedback. Choose between Weds at 12 p.m. ET or 7 p.m. ET or Thurs at 9 p.m. ET.

Weekly calls with your Partner

We‘ll match you with another MIT alum 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 MIT 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 MIT Alumni Team once per week (Weds at 12 p.m. ET, Weds at 7 p.m. ET, or Thurs at 9 p.m. ET, you pick). You‘ll also have weekly hour-long phone calls with your assigned MIT Alumni Partner (at times you choose together).

Week 1

Oct 23-30

Identify your strengths, transferable skills, and interests

Use assessments and guided self-reflection to get to know yourself better

Week 2

Oct 31-Nov 6

Define what you want and identify options that align

Prioritize criteria you want your career to fit and start discovering potential options

Week 3

Nov 7-13

Explore your top potential career paths

Learn how to test your options and use our proven framework to narrow them down

Week 4

Nov 14-21

Create an action plan to structure your next steps

Make a plan to finish testing your best options and choose your next career move

Ongoing Support

Additional career resources and lifetime access to the curriculum

Continued accountability + MIT alumni career resources

 
Enroll now

We‘re committed to offering MIT alumni outstanding experiences that are accessible to everyone.

Compare to 1-on-1 career coaching ($2,000+). Exclusively available to degreed MIT alumni.

Enrollment closed. Next session will be Spring 2022.

Early Enrollment

Enroll by 10/2

$199

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Regular Enrollment

10/3 - 10/18

$249

Money Back

Guarantee

We‘re confident you‘ll love it. There‘s really no risk in joining!

​Going through financial hardship?

Apply for a partial scholarship

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 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 1-on-1 expert career coaching (this is a peer-to-peer program)
  • You want the answers handed to you and don't have time 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 (about 5 hours per week)
  • You’re looking for specialized career advice for a unique situation (launching your business, getting promoted to CEO, etc.)
Still not sure if the Fellowship is right for you? Send us a message and we'll talk!




What do you mean by “Career Design”?


Career Design is the act of intentionally crafting your career to make it fit you, whether you want to make the most of your current situation or make a bigger career change to something entirely different. Career Design is all about understanding yourself, your goals, and your options, then making a plan and taking thoughtful steps towards more fulfillment. The Fellowship curriculum is based on the Career Design Process, which is our proven methodology to help you find more fulfillment in your career. Inspired by Design Thinking and Positive Psychology, this process breaks down the overwhelming challenge of “figuring out what you want next” into simple steps that thousands of people like you have used to create careers they love.




How much time will this take?


We've designed the Fellowship to take about five hours of work per week (mostly on your own schedule, except for the Team meetings, which are 1.5 hours weekly). You will get the best results when you keep up with the suggested deadlines and attend all of your weekly Team meetings and Accountability Partner calls.




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. Nothing to download, and no special equipment required! We'll be using a platform called Teachable for the program curriculum, a tool called Slack for our community discussion forum, Google Docs for your assignments, and a video conferencing tool called Jitsi Meet. We provide tech tutorials before the Fellowship begins so you can learn everything you need to know! *Note that company computers may have security features that prevent some of these tools from working properly. We recommend using a personal computer.




What if I have to miss one or more of the Team 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 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 Fellowship.




Refund Policy and Money Back Guarantee


You are eligible for a full refund up until 7 days before the Fellowship begins. After that, we cannot provide a refund, but we can transfer your enrollment to a later date (up until two weeks into the Fellowship). ​If you are still feeling totally lost after the Fellowship, 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.
For more details on both of these, review our Terms of Use




Who is leading the program?


The Fellowship experience is brought to you by the career design experts at Mission Collaborative. They’ve spent years refining this program, and they’ll be your guides through the curriculum. Grant Schroll, Co-Founder of Mission Collaborative - I'm passionate about helping people like you design a fulfilling career that fits you. I've navigated many career changes myself, going from engineer, to consultant, to designer, and now entrepreneur. I use my background in Design Thinking and facilitation to help people use the Career Design Process to figure out exactly what they want next from their careers and make a plan to get there.

Ashley Artrip, Co-Founder of Mission Collaborative - My mission in life is to help others design successful careers that are engaging and fulfilling. Before Mission Collaborative, I worked at Gallup where I focused on researching employee engagement and what contributes to a successful career. I am a certified Gallup StrengthsFinder coach, enabling me to help others identify their strengths and harness them to design careers they love.




What sort of support can I expect from the Fellowship staff?


Throughout the Fellowship, you'll get a ton of value from the curriculum, your weekly Team meetings, and your calls with your Accountability Partner. Should you get stuck, have questions, or just need to talk something through, your program Facilitator will be there for you on an as-needed basis! You can reach out to your Facilitator for any of the following reasons:

  • You're feeling stuck or frustrated and need some support
  • You have a question or want feedback on an assignment you're working on
  • You need tech support with any of the tools we use in the Fellowship
  • You have a concern about your Team or Accountability Partner
*The Fellowship does not provide 1-on-1 career coaching.





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