Design Your Future

Offered by the Office of Career Services and sponsored by the Keller Center, Design Your Future for graduate students guides 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 Princeton University graduate students of all levels and disciplines. 

Design Your Future is taught by Susanne Killian, associate director of graduate student career advising at Career Services. The course will be limited to 15 graduate students and requires a brief application. 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.

"I think personally it instilled a sense of confidence in me to pursue other opportunities and not be ashamed or think that I’m betraying my academic training," said Sanata Sy-Sahande, a Ph.D. candidate in the Politics Department. "This course was really great in illuminating the skills that I do have, that I have been developing, and made me feel like I could go into a corporate environment or a policy environment and fit in and be a productive member of that team."

Questions? Contact Susanne Killian, associate director, graduate student career advising