July 2018

Make Your Professional Reinvention a Success: A New Learning Program With Dorie Clark

Make your professional reinvention a success

Whether you want to make faster progress in your career at your present company, change jobs, or make the jump to a new field entirely, the goal is clear: to build a career that thrives on your unique passions and talents. This program, illustrated with inspiring stories, offers a step-by-step guide to help you assess your unique strengths, develop a compelling personal brand and ensure that others recognize the powerful contribution you can make.

Dorie Clark 

Duke Fuqua School, Make your professional reinvention a successDorie Clark is an adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the author of Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, the New York Times described her as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.” A frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, she consults and speaks for clients including Google, Microsoft and the World Bank.

Make your professional reinvention a success 

Don’t be limited by your résumé

Our past experiences determine our career moves and we often think that we are limited by our résumé. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Dorie Clark explains how you can explore completely new and more exciting job opportunities.

Think creatively about your job options

To have a successful and fulfilling career, you need to be proactive and creative, and not just grab the first opportunities that are handed to you. This, of course, may be easier said than done. Dorie Clark gives you some tips on how best to get into a creative mindset.

Figuring out the job that is right for you

Figuring out the job that is right for you is not an easy task. It’s a process that requires time and discipline. Dorie Clark shares her advice on how to meet this challenge successfully.

Learning from mentors

Mentors can be a great help for your job and career. That’s assuming you find the right one and that you spend enough time with them and manage your relationship with them efficiently. Learn with Dorie Clark the tricks to make the most of this potentially life-changing experience.

Understand your personal brand

When you are thinking about reinventing yourself, it can be very interesting to know how people perceive you and what potential changes they can imagine for you. But how can you find these things out? In this videocast, Dorie Clark shares a useful method to get an insight into your personal brand.

Creating your own narrative

When you are in the midst of your professional reinvention, it’s important to be able to explain and sell your story in a convincing way to potential managers or recruiters. Dorie Clark can support you in this difficult task.

Make yourself more visible

In an increasingly competitive professional world, it is important to make yourself visible to senior leaders so that they think about you when new job opportunities arise. Discover with Dorie Clark how to make sure that they bear you in mind for the opportunities that are key to your career.

How to set yourself apart from the competition

Setting off down a new professional path is difficult, as your competitors usually have more experience than you. This doesn’t mean that it’s impossible, but you need to be creative in the way you present yourself and approach recruiters. Find out how thanks to Dorie Clark’s advice.

Leverage your volunteer activities to get ahead at work

Volunteering for a charity or an association is a great way to practice skills that can be key to furthering your career. Dorie Clark highlights the importance of not overlooking these opportunities to receive training while helping others at the same time.

Don’t be afraid to take a step back to move forward

A professional reinvention often requires you to step back in order be able to move forward. This comes with sacrifices and can be a rather daunting prospect, but the medium- and long-term benefits are often worth it. Dorie Clark illustrates these benefits with the story of a woman who accepted a huge temporary pay cut to acquire the skills she needed to land her dream job.

Celebrate what makes you different

Often in the professional world, there’s a push towards homogeneity which leads us to see our differences as a negative thing and try to hide them. Through the story of Jennifer Grey, the lead actress in the movie Dirty Dancing, Dorie Clark illustrates why we should assert and own our differences in order to make them an asset rather than a liability.

How to reinvent yourself inside your company

Reinventing yourself while staying at the same company is quite a challenge, but with a little discipline you can succeed. Find out how with Dorie Clark.

Capitalizing on your past

A toolsheet to help you leverage your past experience when you want to give your career a new twist.

Creating the path to your new professional objective

A list of the key things you need to do to create the path to your next professional objective.

Building the narrative of your professional reinvention

To build your narrative, you need to make sure you explain how your past experience connects with, and adds value to, what you’re doing now.

Demonstrating your value in order to make your professional reinvention a reality

A toolsheet for building an action plan to demonstrate your value, improve your visibility and convince people to hire you.

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