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Designing the Professional

Once you get your degree, how do you get a life? What do you want out of life after Stanford? Wondering how to weave together what fits, is doable, and will be truly meaningful?

Then join us for Designing the Professional, offered in several formats as a program or course.

Learning Objectives

By participating fully in this program or course, you will:

  • use design thinking and self-reflection to plot a pathway toward professional and personal success
  • evaluate different career domains or "prototypes" and investigate alternatives
  • gain insight into your beliefs about passion, interest, and opportunity, as well as your strengths and goals
  • draft three plans for the balance of your graduate work and the first season of your professional life following Stanford
  • develop a community of peers from many disciplines and backgrounds by sharing your experiences and perspectives

Program Description

In our highly interactive, two-session workshops and courses (week-long or quarter-long), you will apply the innovation principles of design thinking to the "wicked problem" of designing your life and vocation in and beyond Stanford. This offers you the opportunity to approach these lifelong questions with a structured framework and work out your ideas in conversation with your graduate peers.

More Information?

Designing the Professional is offered as a:

  • Spring quarter course (ENGR 311B) Read more in Explore Courses
  • Part of Stanford Graduate Summer Institute (SGSI), which comprises week-long, immersive courses offered to graduate students at no cost or credit, each September before Autumn quarter begins READ MORE ABOUT SGSI
  • Check back in Autumn 2020 for more information about the 2-session program, Designing the Professional Mini Workshop: Ideate and Prototype Your Career
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