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 W&M 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
Kim: 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 16th, 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
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 a weekly hour-long phone call with your Accountability Partner (at times you choose together).
Oct 16 - 23
Identify your strengths, transferable skills, and interests
Use assessments and guided self-reflection to get to know yourself better
Oct 24 - 30
Define what you want and identify options that align
Prioritize criteria you want your career to fit and start discovering potential options
Oct 31 - Nov 6
Explore your top potential career paths
Learn how to test your options and use our proven framework to narrow them down
Nov 7 - 14
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 W&M alumni outstanding experiences that are accessible to everyone.
Compare to 1-on-1 career coaching ($2,000+) and Mission Collaborative's public Fellowship ($349).
We're confident you'll love it. There's really no risk in joining!
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.
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.)
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.
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!
What if I have to miss one or more of the Team video meetings?
Refund Policy and Money Back Guarantee
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.
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?
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