The Career Strategies Course

Career Strategies builds key mindsets and strategies to create a 21st-century career: Building skills and personal assets useful in all jobs; using education and training to build skills at all stages in a career; performing at a high level to gain promotions and launch an upward trajectory; thinking about a career path at all times, not just at job transitions; and seeing careers not solely as a work decision, but as a life decision about happiness and purpose.

In the rapidly-changing modern economy, most people have careers that are pulled together through many jobs, some of them part-time or short-term, with education interspersed throughout their lifetime. In contrast to most career advice that focuses on choosing a specific career path and sticking with it, people today need to be flexible and make good career decisions throughout their lifetimes.

Career Strategies builds the knowledge, strategies, and mindsets that create an internal career coach. People who complete Career Strategies have a deep understanding of their personal assets, have key resources they can draw upon over time as they explore their career, and are empowered with the skill of lifelong career decision-making and an attitude towards success.

"Very detailed and explained very clearly. Though an online course it was interesting and held my interests and attention which encouraged me to continue to know I have worth. I have a master's degree living on poverty level wages; I know I have not yet reached my desired potential but this course has inspired me in many ways how to use my assets and pursue my goals and perhaps reenter the field of career searching and building on the skills I have already acquired... I enjoyed every minute of it!"

-- Rebecca S., Tyler, Texas

What's in Career Strategies?

Course Topics

The difference between jobs and careers

Most people think about the difference between jobs and careers as a flexible versus fixed pathway or a difference of pay and status, but any job can be part of a career path if a person takes a serious, long-term perspective, with a view of learning transferable skills.

Many types of assets

There are many types of assets beyond money, such as personal and professional networks, job-related skills and soft skills, character assets, and the ability to learn new skills independently. These assets provide flexibility to adjust as career paths inevitably take unexpected turns.

Building assets on the job

Many people think that learning only happens in formal educational settings, but most learning actually takes place on the job by finding mentors, taking advantage of opportunities to build skills, and bringing a growth mindset to daily work tasks.

Building assets through education

Education can be a critical piece of building a career, but if not chosen wisely, it can lead to large amounts of debt with little to show for it. Career Strategies provides an overview of the whole educational system (e.g., What is the difference between a certificate, a certification, and a license?), as well as tools for finding and choosing colleges and programs with good track records.

It's about performance

What employers care about most is performance on the job, which leads to promotions, an upward career trajectory, and greater job satisfaction.

Choosing a career

What are the main factors for happiness in a career? How much money does one need to live on, and how much does one need to maximize happiness? What careers are good bets for the future? What is entrepreneurship?

100% of people say:
  • I better understand what my assets are and how to build them
  • I better understand how to build a career
  • I feel more prepared to make education and career decisions
  • I feel more optimistic about my future
  • I feel more capable of helping my friends make education and career decisions
  • I would recommend Career Strategies to family or friends

Resources

Career Strategies includes links to curated, best-of-class free resources that students will be able to access throughout their careers, such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Living Wage Calculator (MIT), the College Scorecard from the U.S. Department of Education, and CareerOneStop from the Department of Labor. Links to these resources are accompanied by instructions and suggestions on the best ways to use them.

Asset Profiler

Lessons in Career Strategies conclude with an Asset Profiler, which is a structured interview that helps users take stock of their career assets. Assets include skills they've learned from life experience or informal work (e.g., child care, food preparation, car repairs), their personal and professional social network (e.g., mentors, references), and character assets (e.g., persistence, integrity). The Asset Profiler encourages people to dig deep and transform their self-image by realizing the variety of their skills and assets, and seeing the possibilities in themselves.

Who should take Career Strategies?

Career Strategies speaks to a wide variety of people, from high school students making initial career decisions, to college students choosing courses of study, to adults in the workforce exploring a career change. Wherever you are in life, you can benefit from the perspectives of Career Strategies.

"I would recommend this course to everyone who is just getting started, and also to the people who are not happy in their current position. This program is extremely valuable to anyone... there are a ton of resources, examples, and relatable situations. There isn't a resource like Career Strategies out there where all of this information is in one place. This program is empowering and gives hope to all of us young people who are looking to build a future."

-- Hannah, 22, Denver, Colorado

How can I take Career Strategies?

Career Strategies is currently included in Standard and Premium Packages, and can be taken before the CSM Course, interwoven in the CSM Course, or after earning a CSM Certificate.

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