Designing the Professional


Stanford School of Engineering

Designing the Professional


Wondering how to weave together what really fits you, is doable, and will be satisfying and meaningful? Have more questions than answers? Have too many ideas for your career, or not enough?

You will learn how to apply the mindsets and innovation principles of design thinking to the "wicked problem" of designing your life and vocation. You will gain awareness and empathy, define areas of life and work on which you want to work, ideate about ways to move forward, try small prototypes, and test your assumptions.

This course is for anyone interested in thinking more intentionally about their life and vocation, whether you are just beginning your working life, thinking about changing jobs, starting a new career, or figuring our an encore career.

"Designing the Professional" is highly interactive and participation is required. The course meets once a week on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm (Pacific Time). It is fully online.

What you will learn

  • How to apply design thinking to your life and vocation
  • Ideation and prototyping methodologies
  • Decision making practices

The course will conclude with creation of 3 versions of the next 5 years and prototype ideas to begin making those futures a reality.


A conferred Bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or better

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