WSP 315 — Prototype Your Future
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Feb 23—Mar 2
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Feb 16
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Addtl. Fee: $5 (non-refundable)
Instructor(s): Elatia Abate
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Feb 23—Mar 2
No letter grade
Are you feeling stuck or disengaged at the office— like progress is being impeded? Would you like to make a more meaningful contribution with your professional life? What would it be like to create a professional opportunity so enthralling that you leap out of bed for work every day? In this two-day workshop, you will learn how to unleash your professional life and potential. In the first session, you will learn a philosophy of career design that breaks from the traditional linear approach, showing you how to channel your talents, resources, and values to create work that is fulfilling and engaging. You will use the interviewing and brainstorming techniques of design thinking to create two prototypes—one of your ideal future and the other of your default future (what unfolds if you change nothing about your current life). On day two, you will use your prototypes to identify roles, companies, and company cultures that align with your values. You will learn how to build the community of people who will help you create your next opportunity and ensure your success once you get it. Finally, you will learn how to tell your professional story effectively and powerfully across a variety of platforms. You will leave the workshop armed with a roadmap to your next professional destination and the tools to help you get there.
This course includes a non-refundable materials fee of $5 to be paid at the time of registration.
Elatia Abate, Entrepreneur; FuturistElatia Abate is an entrepreneur and thought leader on the future of work, career design, and building cultures of creativity and innovation. She works with organizations that range in size from Fortune 500 to early stage startups, and her work has been featured in Forbes and Fast Company. Previously, she was vice president of human resources at Dow Jones & Company. Abate received an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.