Career Agility: Leverage Your Strengths & Design Your Work

Career Agility: Leverage Your Strengths and Design Your Work

The Program

In this 6 week online program, you will be guided through a career discovery process that will expand your vision, increase your confidence, and help you develop an action plan for the next steps to take in your career.

Career Agility was developed based on the theory, research and career interventions of the Hope-Action Group. Members of the group include Dr. Norman Amundson from the Faculty of Education, UBC,  in partnership with, Dr. Spencer Niles from Wm. & Mary University,  Dr. Hyung Joon Yoon from Penn State University, and MixtMode Consulting (Tannis Goddard, Jane Schmidt and Mariana Braga).

The Format

Career Agility is facilitated by Alumni Career Educator, Michele Murphy. Along with receiving regular feedback and guidance from Michele throughout the course, you will also have the benefit of engaging with and learning from a cohort of your fellow UBC alumni.

Over the 6 week period, participants engage in a series of dynamic tasks and focused reflection activities.

Participants in the pilot program report that after completing this course:

  • They felt energized, optimistic and excited about the future
  • They were better equipped to make career-related decisions
  • They were better able to articulate their strengths and skills
  • They became motivated and driven to take decisive action in their careers

Whether you are a new grad or a mid-career professional, this engaging program will help you move your career forward. You can learn more about Career Agility in this blog post.

Program Overview

Week 1:

  • Explore the online platform and get to know the syllabus
  • “Meet” and engage with the cohort
  • Learn about the Hope Action Group – their theory and research
  • Complete a formal career assessment

Week 2:

  • Examine ‘Flow,’ one of the key elements of a successful and fulfilling career.
  • Learn how you can leverage flow to design a meaningful and fulfilling work life

Week 3:

  • Investigate your key accomplishments and challenges
  • Identify your unique strengths and skills

Week 4:

  • Identify the core values that motivate you professionally
  • Prioritize what matters most in your life and in your work

Week 5:

  • Apply a design mindset to your career building process
  • Learn creative problem solving and visioning strategies
  • Explore options and possibilities

Week 6:

  • Create an Action Plan
  • Complete a formal career assessment
  • Reflect on the insights you gained in the course
  • Make a plan for implementing your action plan and staying accountable

Who is it for?

This program is open to all UBC alumni, from every faculty, at any career stage, living anywhere in the world. All you need is an internet connection.

You will find this program particularly valuable if:

  • You are unsure about your career direction
  • You are contemplating a career transition
  • You are feeling “stuck” professionally
  • You want to feel more excited and inspired about your career

The next offering starts Monday, September 18, 2017!

Program Registration

The fall 2017 session of Career Agility is sold out.

If you would like to join the waiting list, please email

Refund Policy: If you would like to withdraw from a course, please submit written notice at least three business days before the course begins to be eligible for a refund (less a $25 administration fee). No refund will be made for cancellations received later than three business days before the course begins.

Questions? Please contact Michele Murphy at or 604-827-5912.

About the instructor

Michele MurphyMichele Murphy (MA, BEd) is a proud UBC alumna and the Alumni Career Educator at the University of British Columbia. Michele has been a professional educator since 2002 and has taught career education in secondary, post-secondary and non-profit settings. In her current role at alumni UBC, Michele designs specialized educational programs and resources to help UBC grads grow professionally.

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