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Build a Meaningful Life & Career

4-week Virtual Masterclass

Powered by Western Alumni and Careers & Experience

How many times have you been asked

"What will you do when you graduate?"

Or been offered this career advice

"You need to find your passion!"

You might still be wondering

What do I want to do with the rest of life?

What if you had permission to flip the script?

It’s not about the job you want…it’s about the problems you want to help solve. It’s not about finding your passion…it’s about designing a life you love.

Built on the Life Design framework from Stanford University, and using key principles from design thinking, this free masterclass will help you think differently about your future and give you the tools to address the wicked challenges of life and vocational wayfinding.

Using the Life Design method to design your career will result in more ideas, more creativity, feeling less anxious about the future and more confident in your ability to build the life you choose.

Whether you are a current Mustang, graduating student, or proud alumnus, you will find value in time spent imagining – and planning – your next steps.



The highly interactive program is designed to be flexible and fit comfortably into your busy life. You are encouraged to join us for 4 weekly, 2-hour live zoom sessions, and can re-watch the recorded sessions at your convenience.

Blended Learning

In between the weekly zoom sessions, you’ll be asked to spend up to 1 additional hour completing personal assignments that will solidify your learning and prepare you for the next week.


The program includes the development of a Personal Odyssey Plan. You’ll leave with concrete and exciting ideas you can implement right away. You’ll also be connected to a Life Design team for support now and in the future.


Week 1

June 16, 2020
8-10 pm EDT

Introduction: You Are Here
  • Workview & Lifeview
  • The Life Design Framework
  • Thinking Like a Designer

Week 2

June 23, 2020
8-10 pm EDT

Marketplace Realities
  • Passion vs. Meaning
  • Degree-Career Linkage
  • Networking Reframe
  • Odyssey Planning

Week 3

June 30, 2020
8-10 pm EDT

Ideation and Radical Collaboration
  • Odyssey Planning Con’t
  • Challenges You Want to Solve
  • Ideas for Your Future
  • Choosing well & Moving On

Week 4

July 7, 2020
8-10 pm EDT

A Well-Designed Life
  • Prototyping Your Plan
  • Curating Your Team
  • Learnings & Unlearning

Meet your Life Design Team


Stephanie Hayne Beatty

Stephanie Hayne Beatty Director,
Careers & Experience

Stephanie knows what it means to prepare for a specific career, and find yourself somewhere entirely different. After studying diligently to become a journalist, she stumbled into meaningful work in higher education student affairs – and has spent the last 20 years supporting Western students as they transition into and out of their degrees. One thing Stephanie wishes that all students knew: “You have more experience than you think, and the world needs your talent.”

Jennifer Baytor

Jennifer Baytor
Career Counsellor + Psychotherapist

Jenn has spent the last decade promoting student success and helping students explore and pursue meaningful work. She has led the development of innovative career programs, often using design thinking to tackle the wicked challenges of life and career. One thing Jenn wishes that all students knew: “There are people less qualified than you doing the things you want to do, simply because they decide to believe in themselves."

Facilitators & Support

Steve Arsenault - Alumni Relations & Development
Sarah Dawson - Alumni Relations & Development
Sara Wills - Student Experience
Grant Martin - Careers & Experience
Jessica Cappuccitti - Careers & Experience
Tea Hadwen - Careers & Experience
Teresa Boere, Careers & Experience
David Feeney, Careers & Experience

Careers & Experience

Careers & Experience helps students deepen their academic learning and actively plan for personal and professional growth through career education, experiential learning, and employer networks. We foster connections between students and communities that empower students to discover their potential and design their future. Our vision is for all students to have the skills and confidence to successfully navigate their career paths, thoughtfully engage in communities, and build a meaningful life.

Western Alumni

Western Alumni works to continually demonstrate the strength of your degree, while delivering an alumni experience like no other. We aim to foster a relationship between alumni and Western, and among fellow alumni in networks around the world. Together we are working to realize our vision – to inspire all alumni to share a lifelong commitment, pride and passion for Western.

Email us at alumni.uwo.ca