Is your career something you need to pay attention to only when you have a problem? Or is it something you should be constantly working on? What, exactly, are you supposed to do to create the career you want? And how does what you do change if you’ve been in the workforce for ten or twenty years or much longer?
In this workshop, nationally known executive coach and Stanford GSB alumnus Michael Melcher challenges the current “medical model” of careers — in which you take action when you have a problem — and offers instead a “wellness model” for career health — a program in which you regularly and consistently follow practices across a range of topics that will result in your long-term career fulfillment and success. Melcher also explains how to stop thinking about career development and career change as big, dramatic topics that require great insight and high-risk actions, and how to start thinking about them as projects you can work on by engaging in small, consistent steps — things you can do in 20 minutes a day.
By the end of this interactive session, participants will:
- Understand the difference between a “wellness model” and a “medical model” of careers, and the advantages of building in regular practices for optimal career help
- Become familiar with the key drivers of career fulfillment that have little to do with formal job requirements
- Have practice breaking down larger goals and inquiries into smaller, achievable segments
- Have tools for engaging in the processes of reflection and experimentation that can be used in the context of their existing lives
- Be part of a supportive and thoughtful cohort of fellow GSB alums exploring similar career questions.
Laura Bunch, Director of Alumni Career Services, will be holding “Office Hours” for program registrants during the day on Tuesday, March 20, at LMHQ. Office Hours are for alumni who would like to receive quick, “spot” coaching; get guidance on which career resources are most relevant to them; or who have input for how we could best serve you through Alumni Career Services. Sign ups will be made available after registration.