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BUS 164 — Google Leaders on Managing Your Career

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Apr 5—May 10
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 18
Unit: 1
Tuition: $450
Instructor(s): Tracy Wilk
Limit: 40
Status: Closed
7:00—8:50 pm
Apr 5—May 10
6 weeks
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Apr 18
1 Unit
Tracy Wilk
Building a career is hard. What job to take, how long to stay, how to find satisfaction at work, how to change the course of a career, how to influence our peers and managers—these are questions that each of us will face at various points in our working lives. Instructor Tracy Wilk, formerly a long-time “Googler” himself, interviewed over eighty-five current and former Google senior leaders and staff to understand how they have handled these challenges in their own careers. Their insights form the basis of this course. We will learn about the good and bad decisions they’ve made and lessons 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 of this course, among other outcomes, students will understand the key factors that contribute to their own job satisfaction. They will have identified prospective mentors in their lives, they’ll have a framework for making difficult career decisions, and they’ll understand a little more about “managing up.”

The course is best suited to people who are in the first ten to fifteen years of their careers.

Tracy Wilk, Executive Coach; Former Finance Director, Google

Tracy Wilk was employed at Google for nearly thirteen years. In 2014, he received Google’s Great Manager Award. As an executive coach, he works with leaders in the tech industry. He is also an author and a frequent speaker on the topic of career management. Wilk received an MBA from UC Berkeley.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.