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How to Plan Your Career Path
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. 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 208 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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  • MELISSA GRIFFITH
    MELISSA GRIFFITH United States of America I need to choose a career path based on my skills and desires, make sure it is something I enjoy doing. Investigate by talking to people who are in the business. Find a career that keeps a good balance between work and life. 2015-08-31 23:08:38
  • Kokayi Eldridge
    Kokayi Eldridge United States of America I really enjoyed the presentation of this topic and will use the information contained as I plan my next career move of passion. Much of the topics were already known to me but it was nice to have a refresher and gain some new, helpful insights in negotiating my next career position and how to conduct myself during salary negotiations. This is a course every young professional should take. 2015-08-26 23:08:03
  • ROBIN PHILLIPS
    ROBIN PHILLIPS United States of America I really enjoyed the information and it was definitely a refresher for me since I am in transition. Thank you!!! 2015-08-26 18:08:35
  • Zee Denny
    Zee Denny [[ZZ]] I have learned important details on this course about planning my carrear path, bottom line be sure of what you want to do, and communicate it affectedly direct to the person that you are going to be working with. 2015-08-26 03:08:30
  • Nicole Serrano
    Nicole Serrano Australia This course offered very good points and advice to prepare yourself for deciding a new career or starting a new job. Its very quick and easy to follow. 2015-08-21 07:08:14
  • Diane Hillman
    Diane Hillman United States of America Pretty good advice for people who aren't sure what to do about their career path 2015-08-20 00:08:12
  • ERIC FREILICH
    ERIC FREILICH United States of America Well presented - informative and to the point. 2015-08-19 18:08:49
  • Kimberly Bright
    Kimberly Bright United States of America I think it helped me a lot with know how to choose my career path. Knowing what to do and what not to do. 2015-08-15 00:08:14
  • Amara Nnebedum
    Amara Nnebedum [[]] This course should guide learners to understand their career interests as well as the various career options, so that the learner can be able to choose a suitable career after studying the course. 2015-08-10 15:08:50
  • Trish Staples
    Trish Staples United Kingdom I found this course really informative and the tips were all very good. I am looking forward to taking and using some of this advice in my own career and advancements. 2015-08-07 15:08:43
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