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How to Plan Your Career Path


How to Plan Your Career Path

How to Plan Your Career Path

Get advice on how to plan your career path.


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Course Description

Stan Christensen is a partner at Arbor Advisors, an investment banking firm where he negotiates on behalf of mid-market technology companies. He has nearly twenty years of experience in both transactional and operations roles and has worked on hundreds of transactions.
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In this free online course he advises doing as much informational interviewing as you can to ensure you pick a career path that you will enjoy and be a good fit for your interests. He says that when you are planning a career not to be overly concerned with a linear path, if you are savvy and wilful you can work your way into most careers. He outlines a few of the erroneous career assumptions that will help you avoid picking the wrong job. You will learn how a career/life balance is important and how a career where you are constantly overworking is unhealthy. Stan Christensen also explains the art of negotiation and relationship management and how to handle salary and job negotiations. He talks about how men and women do indeed negotiate for compensation differently. Finally, he discusses how the negotiations conducted when leaving a job are as critical as when starting one. This course will be of interest to business professionals, students and, indeed, anyone looking for advice on planning their career path.

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Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes: - Why you should do as much informational interviewing as you can; - Explain why one shouldn’t be overly concerned with a linear path when planning a career; - Learn about the erroneous career assumptions that land workers in an ill-fitting career; - How career life/balance is important as an overbearing career is unhealthy; - Learn about the art of negotiation and relationship management; - How to conduct effective salary negotiations and other tips on job negotiations; - How men and women negotiate for compensation differently; - Why the last impression you make in a job is even more critical than the first;


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Module 1: How to plan your career path
Module 2: How to Plan Your Career Path Assessment

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Course Title How to Plan Your Career Path
Course # 403
Course Publisher Stanford
Course Category 6
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Course Description  Stan Christensen is a partner at Arbor Advisors, an investment banking firm where he negotiates on behalf of mid-market technology companies. He has nearly twenty years of experience in both transactional and operations roles and has worked on hundreds of transactions. In this free online course he advises doing as much informational interviewing as you can to ensure you pick a career path that you will enjoy and be a good fit for your interests. He says that when you are planning a career not to be overly concerned with a linear path, if you are savvy and wilful you can work your way into most careers. He outlines a few of the erroneous career assumptions that will help you avoid picking the wrong job. You will learn how a career/life balance is important and how a career where you are constantly overworking is unhealthy. Stan Christensen also explains the art of negotiation and relationship management and how to handle salary and job negotiations. He talks about how men and women do indeed negotiate for compensation differently. Finally, he discusses how the negotiations conducted when leaving a job are as critical as when starting one. This course will be of interest to business professionals, students and, indeed, anyone looking for advice on planning their career path.
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Release Date 05 April 2012
   
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Course Duration (Avg Learner) 1-2 Hours
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Assessments Yes
 
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Age appropriateness 18+ Years
Minimum Grade/Class Level Higher High Secondary School
 
Validation Level 5
ALISON Testing Yes
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  • Tanya Gupta India The course was organised very nicely. I was able to coordinate with the course. 2014-12-18 09:12:26
  • SP Casey United Kingdom Great course it really helped a lot xx 2014-12-14 21:12:43
  • Sophia James United States of America Very informative 2014-12-05 16:12:24
  • Christopher Rey United States of America I can recall using some assessments in high school that asked questions and in the end told you areas that one might like to work. I think the best career exploration is informal interviews too. Some people just fall into work naturally based on what they are good at. While others need more help. I think the best course is to just be informed...no matter how one does it. 2014-12-02 02:12:26
  • Amit Singh India It is a good course 2014-12-01 18:12:23
  • Ophelia Kesson Ghana Building or developing a career starts with conducting informational interview,talking to people and helps you to identify your likes or dislikes leading to an interest in a career.As much as you start a particular career,open up to other fields.Do not follow a linear path,be open minded.You can avoid being in the wrong job if you avoid the mentality of building a resume with that job,using the job as a stepping ground to another job and finally pressure as a result of specialization.One key thing you must bear in mind is that,you develop good negotiation skills in your career.It will be needed when bargaining on the work,with people in the environment,salary and even exiting the job.A person must develop a balanced life.All your life must not be centered on only your career.Develop other interests outside the working environment that will make you a fulfilled person everywhere.In exiting a job,it must be done in a right way that will leave a good impression for you. 2014-11-30 17:11:47
  • Ophelia Kesson Ghana The first step to take in choosing a career path is by engaging in informational interview.This will help you to identify various fields and develop your interest in the field you desire most.This form of interview will enlighten you concerning the challenges and opportunities that is connected with the chosen field.Develop the attitude to further open up to other careers,do not follow a linear path.Entering into a job with the mentality of building a resume,as a transit to another job and specialization pressure leads you to a job that you end up not being fulfilled.Good negotiation skills is needed in career life.It helps you to bargain well in the working environment concerning your work schedules,salary and even how you work with people. It is imperative that we balance our career and life.Our life should not solely concentrate on work,work,work.Find another hobby like volunteering in your society, teaching children,growing flowers and other things that will relax you outside work.In exiting a job,proper handing over must be done to help the next person taking over and also prevent retardation of the working progress.As you negotiated to enter the job,you must do same to exit peacefully out of the job.It gives a good impression about you. 2014-11-30 16:11:43
  • Ophelia Kesson Ghana In choosing a career,one must identify where his or passion is.You talk to people who are in that identified career path to abreast yourself with the opportunities and challenges that comes with it.Balance your career and life.Dedicate yourself to something you love to do outside the working environment.Negotiate well with your employer in every area concerning the job you will be doing be it salary,work schedules etc.The working environment is made up of all kinds of people thus make it a point to work harmoniously with everyone.In quitting a job,make sure you handover properly so that, the person taking over will not have any challenges.In doing that,you will leave a good impression behind. 2014-11-28 19:11:56
  • Jolly Nakibirango Philippines It would be helpful if every individual entering the work place would take time off and read the terms and conditions as well as company policies of the company they plan to work for. 2014-11-17 17:11:17
  • Jolly Nakibirango Philippines Resume building is one of the challenges that first time job seekers find in pursuing a certain career path. From the insights of this course, I would be of the view that interviewers ought to have an openness in reviewing the resumes and hence connect with the prospects of the job. 2014-11-17 17:11:16
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