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BUS 164 — Google Leaders on Managing Your Career

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jun 29—Aug 3
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 12
Unit: 1
Tuition: $375
Instructor(s): Tracy Wilk
Limit: 40
On-campus course
7:00—8:50 pm
Jun 29—Aug 3
6 weeks
Drop By
Jul 12
1 Unit
Tracy Wilk
Navigating a career is hard. What job to take; how long to stay; how to find satisfaction in our work; how to change the course of a career; how to prepare ourselves for a world where outsourcing and automation are increasingly common—these are questions that each of us will face at various points in our working lives. Instructor Tracy Wilk, a “Googler” himself, interviewed over seventy-five Google senior leaders and staff, and former Googlers who are now CEOs, COOs, VCs, and more, to understand how they have handled these very same challenges and navigated through their own careers. Their insights will form the basis of this course. We will learn about the good and bad decisions they’ve made and the lessons they’ve learned; the career advice they often give and the best advice they’ve received; and their views on the future of work. We will see how their experiences contain universal truths about career management that apply regardless of where one works or the career aspirations one has.

Students will apply the principles discussed in class to their own careers. By the conclusion, among other outcomes, students will understand the key factors that contribute to their own job satisfaction; they will have identified and reached out to prospective mentors in their lives; and they’ll have identified at least one career goal that they wish to achieve and have developed a plan to achieve it.

Tracy Wilk, Former Finance Director, Google

Tracy Wilk was employed at Google for nearly thirteen years. In 2014, he received Google’s “Great Manager Award,” an honor given to fewer than 1 percent of Google’s managers. He was a career coach for several years as part of Google’s “Career Guru” program. He is also an author of a number of articles on career management. Wilk received an MBA from UC Berkeley.