New mini-course for grad students offered by Career Services & the Keller Center

This article was published before the course started. Be on the lookout for updates on mini-courses in future academic years. 

Applications are now open for the first-ever Design Your Future mini-course for graduate students. Offered by the Office of Career Services and the Keller Center, Design Your Future will guide participants who feel uncertain about their future in conceptualizing fulfilling and achievable plans for their time at Princeton and beyond. The course is open to graduate students of all levels and disciplines. 

A series of five, 90-minute sessions, Design Your Future will be taught by Susanne Killian, associate director of graduate student career advising at Career Services and Rafe Steinhauer, entrepreneurial program manager at the Keller Center. The course will be limited to 15 graduate students and requires a brief application. Interested graduate students must apply by Feb. 3. The course will be offered at no cost, though a copy of the book Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans will be required.  

"It can be incredibly challenging to connect your studies and experience with a possible career, especially when you're still in the process of completing your graduate degree," said Killian. "After completing this course participants will leave with a clearer idea of what they want to do next, and will be prepared to start pursuing it."

In addition to learning effective job search techniques, participants will apply design thinking to practical situations and discover more about themselves and their own interests through self-assessment. At the end of the course, participants will present on their journey through the design thinking process at a networking session with employers and other University community members.

The Design Your Future mini-course complements Career Services' Career & Life Vision (CLV) program, which teaches students how to frame meaningful questions about themselves that will guide their decisions, and then encourages them to use each part of the Princeton experience (academic, extracurricular, experiential and social) to gain insight on these questions and surface new ones. 

Questions? Contact Susanne Killian, associate director, graduate student career advising susanne.killian@princeton.edu.  

Design Your Future

  • Dates: Feb. 9 & 23; March 16 & 30; April 6
  • Time: 12-1:30 p.m. (lunch will be provided)
  • Location: The Princeton Entrepreneurial Hub, 34 Chambers St.
  • Applications due: Fri., Feb. 3 at 11:59 p.m.