Feeling stuck in an unfulfilling career? Are you no longer finding meaning or challenge in your work? Wondering what comes next? 


No more excuses, it's time to do something about it! 


VCU Alumni has partnered with the career design experts at Mission Collaborative to bring you the Career Change Fellowship, a 30-day online program to help VCU alumni like you get the clarity and plan you need to find a career that fits you.

Whether you're early, mid, or late career, the Fellowship will give you 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.

Over the course of four weeks, we’ll guide you through our proven Career Design Process to help you:

  • Identify your strengths, skills, and interests

  • Define what you want from your ideal career

  • Discover exciting new career possibilities

  • Create an action plan to test then pursue your best fit options

Stop putting off the amazing career you deserve. Join the Fellowship and together we'll design a career you love!

What you'll walk away with:


Get the clarity you need to know exactly what you want from your next career move


Develop a concrete action plan for your next steps towards a great career


Join an inspiring community of VCU

alumni who will help you along your journey

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, Spring 2019


Career Change Fellowship

30 day online program


"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

"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

  • Identify your values, strengths, and ambitions

  • Define the characteristics of your ideal career

  • Identify (at least) two exciting potential career paths to explore

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

  • Create an Action Plan for your next steps post Fellowship

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

  • Build lasting relationships with other VCU alumni who want you to succeed

In just 30 days, you'll:

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 is perfect for you if:

  • 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

how it works

The Fellowship has been designed to give you a step-by-step process and to hold you accountable. Starting Sept 7th, you'll spend five hours per week doing the following:

Complete assignments on your own time

Watch videos, explore resources, and complete self-assessments. No need to login at a specific time, just get the work done by the recommended deadlines.

Weekly working sessions with your Team

Video conference with your team of five VCU

alumni 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 partner

We'll carefully match you with an Accountability Partner, and every other week you'll connect with 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 VCU alumni, your personal network, and the facilitators. You don't have to do this on your own; put your growing network to work for you!


Expect to spend about five hours per week working through the program. You'll retain access to the content indefinitely, so you can always revisit it when you need something!

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:

Sept 7-14

The Reflection Phase: Identify what really matters to you

  • Program introduction and Life Story exercise

  • Team video meeting: Sept 11th 7pm OR Sept 12th, 9pm (EST)

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

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

Week 2

Sept 15-21

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: Sept 18th, 7pm OR Sept 19th, 9pm (EST)

  • Collect ideas for potential career paths from the community

Week 3

Sept 22-28

The Definition Phase: Discover career possibilities that fit you

  • Identify more potential career path ideas

  • Evaluate your options and determine their feasibility

  • Team video meeting: Sept 25th, 7pm OR Sept 26th, 9pm (EST)

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

Week 4

Sept 29-Oct 5

The Testing Phase and Next Steps: Create your game plan

  • Learn strategies for testing your career options

  • Create your Test Plan to explore your top options thoughtfully

  • Team video meeting: Oct 2nd, 7pm OR Oct 3rd, 9pm (EST)

  • Design an Action Plan to organize your next steps


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

  • Lifetime access to the Fellowship content and Slack community

  • Join our Mission Collaborative alumni LinkedIn group

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


You need a thoughtful process for figuring out exactly what you want next, and guessing on your own won't cut it. Now's your chance to find the fulfillment you deserve!

We're committed to offering VCU alumni outstanding experiences that are accessible to everyone. Compare to traditional career coaching at $150-$350 per hour.

Enrollment closes Sept 2nd. The Fellowship begins Sept 7th.

Enroll by Aug 24th


SAVE $50

Enroll by Sept 2nd


Going through financial hardship? We offer partial scholarships to those with financial need. Fill out this form to apply.

This was the greatest investment I've made thus far into advancing my career - Ogechi, Winter 2018

Results in Three Months or Your Money Back:

​If you complete the Fellowship but are still feeling totally lost about what you want from your career after three months, 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 give you all your money back.

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

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 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 (about 5 hours per week)

What do you mean by "career change"?

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 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 (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, 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 calls?

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

Who is facilitating 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!

Erica Soultanian, cofounder of Mission Collaborative - I redesigned my own career path, leaving a job 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.


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