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Designing Your Life

What is a well-designed life? How do you find a career where you can thrive? Inspired by Stanford’s Designing Your Life curriculum, this interactive, six-week seminar teaches graduate students design principles for building an intentional, fulfilling career.

Design Productive and Satisfying Careers

This interactive, six-week seminar teaches graduate students design principles for building an intentional, fulfilling career. In the same way that designers solve problems to build technology, products, and spaces that serve the needs of their users, participants will use the principles in this course to design productive and satisfying careers.

Designing Your Life is a non-credit bearing mini-course that will take place next in winter 2022. It is open to graduate students and postdocs at any stage of their degree or professional development.

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Register

Check back in January for winter 2022 registration information. For more information, contact Rackham Professional Development and Engagement.

You Will Learn How To

Define Where You Are

Assess your goals, values, and priorities to identify careers aligned with your sense of meaning and purpose.

Imagine Career Paths

Take meaningful action to imagine multiple paths towards a satisfying and fulfilling career.

Co-create

Engage in “radical collaboration” to build community with other students and postdocs and harness collective creativity in your career exploration.

Learn More

Rackham’s Life Design Seminar
Standford University’s Life Design Lab spotlighted Rackham’s “Designing Your Life” seminar series as one of their studio case studies.
Stanford Life Design Lab Resources
Explore resources and videos for the Designing Your Life curriculum, provided by the Stanford Design Lab.
Designing Principles for Exploring Your Career
Laura Schram, co-facilitator for Rackham’s Designing Your Life workshop, shares three valuable ways of thinking about how to thrive beyond the Ph.D.
Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Discover the book inspired by the Stanford Design Lab and learn how to build a well-designed, joyful life.