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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 VCU Office of Alumni Relations 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

Create an Action Plan

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 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

Early Career

Kim: Moved to a better

fit company

"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."

Mid Career

Laura: Software sales

to educator

"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."

Late Career

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 September 5th, 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 alumni to get new perspectives and enlightening feedback. Choose between Wednesdays at 7pm ET or Thursdays at 9pm ET.

1-on-1 calls with your partner

Go deeper with your hand-picked partner that you'll have a lot in common with. You schedule your weekly working session 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 a weekly hour-long phone call with your Accountability Partner (at a time that works for you both!)

Week 1

Sept 5 - 13

Identify your strengths, transferable skills, and interests

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

Week 2

Sept 14 - 21

Define what you want and identify options that align

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

Week 3

Sept 22 - 29

Choose your top potential career paths to explore further

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

Week 4

Sept 30 - Oct 4

Create an Action Plan to structure your next steps

Make a plan to test your best options before you commit to your next career move

Ongoing Support

Job search 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 2021

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

 
Enroll now

We're committed to offering VCU alumni outstanding experiences that are accessible to everyone.

Compare to 1-on-1 career coaching ($2,000+) and Mission Collaborative's public Fellowship ($349).

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Early Enrollment

Enroll by 8/15

$199

SAVE $50

Regular Enrollment

8/16 - 8/31

$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 one-on-one 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 video 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 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 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 and other various organizations where I focused on researching employee engagement and what contributes to a successful career. While at Gallup, I became 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. You'll quickly find that you're able to make tremendous progress towards your career goals by leaning into these three activities, and there's a good chance you won't need any additional support. That said, 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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