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Hours to complete

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100% online

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Your Motivations, Part One

This module will introduce you to the course and ask "What is insight? Why is it important? What impact can personal insight have on your academic or professional goals?" We will also look at why people tend to prematurely foreclose on career options due to choice paralysis and occupational stereotypes. The exercises will help reveal how you go about making decisions....
Reading
6 videos (Total 33 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
A note on the exercises1m
What Is Insight?7m
Exercise 1: Life History Interview2m
How Your Brain Is Fooling You15m
Exercise 2: You: A Case Study1m
Reading1 reading
Peer Review Guidelines10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Thought Question 12m
Thought Question 22m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Your Motivations, Part 2

This week we will explore how cultural norms, such as the American definition of "success", affect how we think about our academic and career choices. We will consider the role of family and friends in our decision making and how personal insight can help us distinguish our personal interests and goals from the expectations others have for us. We will also explore how our personal identities can affect how easily (or not) we navigate change in our lives. The exercises this week will reveal how you personally define success, as well as how your concepts of personal identity may be affecting how you experience change in your life....
Reading
4 videos (Total 30 min), 3 quizzes
Video4 videos
Exercise 3: G. Richard Shell's Six Lives Exercisem
Navigating New Identities10m
Exercise 4: Identity Exercise3m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Thought Question 32m
Thought Question 42m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Your Mindsets

What is more important: Passion for what you do or developing marketable skills? Can you get smarter if you work harder? What does academic research tell us about well-being and the role of finding meaning in our work? We will explore all these questions this week, and you will complete exercises that will allow you to consider the skills you have and need to develop as well as take stock of what you devote your time to now and what that reveals about your motivations....
Reading
6 videos (Total 34 min), 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
What Do You Do Well? Part 24m
Exercise 5: Mapping Your Skills3m
What Is Important to You? Part 17m
What Is Important to You? Part 26m
Exercise 6: Mind Map: Personal Projects1m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Thought Question 52m
Thought Question 62m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Your Map

This week we'll use a design thinking framework to learn how to broaden your exploration for possible working identities. You will also implement practical steps for making professional connections and learning more about specific fields of interest. Finally, you will complete a capstone project that pulls together all the concepts from the course and help you make your case for how you can make an impact on the world....
Reading
8 videos (Total 54 min), 3 quizzes
Video8 videos
Designing Your Life, Part 25m
The Rule of Three9m
Interview with Barbara Oakley20m
Exercise 7: Making a Connection1m
Tell Me About Yourself2m
Exercise 8: Capstone Mind Map: Skills, Influences, Core Projects2m
Course Conclusion1m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Thought Question 72m
Thought Question 82m

Instructor

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Sharon Belden Castonguay

Director, Gordon Career Center

About Wesleyan University

At Wesleyan, distinguished scholar-teachers work closely with students, taking advantage of fluidity among disciplines to explore the world with a variety of tools. The university seeks to build a diverse, energetic community of students, faculty, and staff who think critically and creatively and who value independence of mind and generosity of spirit. ...

Frequently Asked Questions

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