Registration is open! Virtual Tapia 2020! September 16-19, 2020

2020 Tapia Conference

Moving from Career Anxiety to Career Exploration!

Thursday, September 17, 2020 — 1:30PM - 2:15PM

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” This question may seem simple when posed to a child but takes on a new meaning when asked of a college student or working professional. Often it seems there is an unspoken rule that we must have it all figured out - we need an entry career plan, a five-year plan, and even a plan for what we will do during retirement! The need to have ‘the answer’ to our careers implies there IS an answer, when in fact our careers (and lives) are unique, evolving, and impossible to define. There is no one perfect career, pathway to fulfillment, or map to achieve happiness. The concept that you must find your career and climb the ladder to achieve success is outdated; instead, we must recognize that opportunities come from growing our interests into skill sets, taking chances to ask questions and explore possibilities, and being open-minded about what the future brings. This session will reframe career uncertainty and anxiety into healthy career exploration and an open-minded approach. Participants will learn how to use the design-your-life framework (pioneered by Stanford faculty, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans) to build their future (rather than solving their future). Through this design thinking approach, we will practice developing career goals and working through the career search process - with less stress and more confidence! Together, we will learn how to create Planned Happenstance, transforming unplanned events into opportunities for learning and career growth.

Rebecca Andersen