Catalyze Your Changemaking Career

Registration is open for TAYLOR Your Life, SISE 4820/6820. 

“Everything that makes our daily living easier, more productive, more enjoyable, and more pleasurable was created because of a problem, and because some designer or team of designers somewhere out there in the world sought to solve that problem…Designers imagine things that don’t yet exist, and then they build them, and the world changes. You can do this in your own life. You can imagine a career and a life that don’t exist; you can build that future around you, and as a result, your life will change” (Burnett & Evans, 2016).

At Taylor, we tackle “wicked” problems that are complex and challenging, ranging from climate change to poverty, systemic racism, and educational inequity. Yet every single one of us are also tackling the “wicked” problem of figuring out how to live, work, play, and love in the best, most efficient and life-giving way possible.

TAYLOR Your Life is an eight-week career development program for a group of students to TAYLOR their life course by applying methods and mindsets of design thinking (human-centered design) to career development for undergraduate and graduate students.  By remaining curious, ideating multiple possibilities, and prototyping and testing different pathways while remaining centered on human relationships and communities, participants engage in a series of interactive, dynamic activities and learn how to design a life that makes a positive difference in the world and is “TAYLORed” to unique life and personality.

Participants in the program:

  • Ideate multiple life paths
  • Clarify their interests
  • Focus and target their search
  • Prototype and test elements of careers
  • Learn how to market and brand themselves to stand out from the crowd
  • Map their community to effectively network with other changemakers around the world.

TAYLOR Your Life was created after conducting extensive research in the field on best practices and current trends in innovative career development curriculum creation, including: Designing Your Life, the book co-written by professors of the most popular elective at Stanford University (Burnett & Evans, 2016); How to Get Any Job (Asher, 2011); How to Land Your Dream Job Right Out of College by Networking Like A Rockstar (Patel, 2014); Radical Acceptance, a mindfulness text (Brach, 2014); Net Impact’s Career Development Program for undergraduate and graduate students; the Echoing Green and Ashoka U award winning Transformative Action Institute, which has been used at over 50 campuses including Harvard, Stanford and UCLA, (Sherman, 2015),  and the Ashoka U award winning Work on Purpose curriculum.

Click here to read student testimonials and learn more about the course. 


To sign up and learn more, contact Julia Lang.

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