Lesson 1: Why You Need a Career Opportunity Metric™

In Step 3 of the Beyond Graduate School framework, you’ll develop your Career Opportunity Metric™ which you will use to measure career opportunities.


Why is this step so important? Just because you can do a job doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you. You will use this metric to identify positions you should apply to (and ones you shouldn’t). Your metric will help you evaluate jobs that are right for you (and which aren’t).


By taking the time to define your Career Opportunity Metric, you will be able to align your skills, values, and goals to find the right career for you.

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Here’s a glance at this lesson…

>> [03:17] Introduction to your Career Opportunity Metric™. 


>> [06:25] Factors to consider when you’re evaluating a workplace.


>> [09:07] Why you should consider your values and motivators during your job search.


>> [11:05] Examples of company mission statements and values.


>> [15:15] Components of your Career Opportunity Metric™ in more detail.


Step 3 of the Beyond Grad School framework is an opportunity to evaluate what you’ve learned about yourself through your graduate studies, work experiences, and internships.


What are your most marketable skills?


What energizes and motivates you in your work and studies?


What kind of people do you like working with?


What type of organization will you thrive in?


What opportunities will help you build your career so that, in 5 to 10 years, you’re working in your dream job? 


To evaluate opportunities, you need a metric. To find opportunities that are right for you, you need to be able to articulate your career goals and objectives when networking, building your LinkedIn profile, and when you are interviewing for positions.


Don’t skip this step. It’s a critical part of the job search and hiring process.

For a job candidate, being clear on workplace values and career motivators can be the difference between simply finding a job and building a career you LOVE.


Companies will also evaluate you to see if you are the right fit for their organization. Finding talent that aligns with a company’s culture is an important part of the hiring process.


Throughout the job search process, you will need to be able to clearly communicate your skills, and your alignment with an organization’s missions, and company culture.


This module will help you do that. At the end of this module, you’ll be able to examine your values, motivators and interests, articulate your career goals, skills, and values with confidence, and evaluate companies and jobs to find your best career fit.


Each lesson is accompanied by guiding questions and exercises to help you apply what you’ve learned.


We recommend that you download the form-fillable PDF workbook and type out (or write out!) your answers as you go.


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A career in finance can be very different than a career in health care. A job in a small start-up can be very different than working in a multinational corporation. This module is designed to help students examine their values, motivators, and interests, and most marketable skills, to develop a metric to measure companies, jobs, and career pathways.

This metric will help students evaluate career opportunities to find an organization, company, and job, where they will have career satisfaction and success.
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