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How to Plan Your Career Path


How to Plan Your Career Path
How to Plan Your Career Path

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How to Plan Your Career Path Course
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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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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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Course Rating (By Learners): 4 stars based on 206 reviews
Course Title: How to Plan Your Career Path
Course #: 403
Course Publisher: Stanford
Course Category: 6
Content Origin:
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.
License: This course is available from Stanford OpenCourseWare through the following Creative Commons licence:
Creative Commons License
Release Date: 05 April 2012
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Course Duration (Avg Learner): 1-2 Hours
Video/Audio: High
Audio Only: None
Animation: None
Assessments: Yes
Education Level
Age appropriateness: 18+ Years
Minimum Grade/Class Level:
Validation: Level 5
ALISON Testing: Yes
Certification Availability
PDF Download: Yes
Parchment: Yes
Framed Certification: Yes

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  • Tunde Obasa
    Tunde Obasa Nigeria It is great to learn that choosing a career path is something not to be done under pressure from family nor peers. It is also great to realize that managing conversations confidently in the workplace can actually determine which pedestal one will be placed by superiors, peers and subordinates. Thank you. 2015-07-26 00:07:58
  • Magdi Pálffy
    Magdi Pálffy Hungary Good, short, informative. :) 2015-07-24 15:07:12
  • Sophia Joseph
    Sophia Joseph Saint Vincent Very informative course. Helped me understand a lot though i wished it showed or gave notes as to what exactly is needed step by step to guide someone along a path to a wonderful and promising career path suitable for them. 2015-07-22 19:07:04
  • Gertrude Enyonam Jones
    Gertrude Enyonam Jones Ghana It's a real eye opener from start to finish. Thanks, Alison 2015-07-21 02:07:48
  • Brenda Cheeks
    Brenda Cheeks [[]] Really good information for an entry level professional, but very standard for anyone who has worked more than three jobs or longer than 10years. 2015-07-20 19:07:50
  • Jessica Hand
    Jessica Hand Ireland If you keep in mind that this is essentially one short lecture divided into sections, rather than a 'course', and take it for what it is, it's actually very informative and definitely worth listening to whether you're in a job or fresh out of college like me and not sure what to do. It won't give you all the answers but it gives some very helpful advice. At the very least it cheered me up after hearing from most of my friends that I should settle for something to get relevant experience even if the job makes me miserable, which goes against everything I believe in. It's nice to hear from someone successful that this has been bad advice all along! Aside from that, the advice given about salary negotiations and transitioning from one job to another is very helpful, and relevant to anyone. 2015-07-16 14:07:59
  • Shannon Hicks
    Shannon Hicks United States of America I found this program very helpful in areas I thought I had the proper knowledge. I highly recommend this course to everyone, even if you feel you do not need it. 2015-07-14 23:07:14
  • Kashinath Sreekari
    Kashinath Sreekari [[]] It's good and i had a good outlook of how to select a job and stay in it. 2015-07-06 10:07:37
  • Muhammad Mehtab
    Muhammad Mehtab Ireland It was a good course 2015-06-01 21:06:13
  • Mikul Patel
    Mikul Patel India Short course with some really important points which might make a difference 2015-05-28 14:05:16
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