Lugano, Switzerland

Designing Your (Academic) Future

online course
when 4 May 2020 - 4 May 2020
language English
fee CHF 700

The following workshop will be held by Professor Kernbach during Week 1(17 - 21 August, 2020).

Workshop contents and objectives
What's good work for you? A job with a social standing and a high salary? Or, one which allows for self-realisation, to move something, to create meaning, to shape the future and accelerate your per-sonal development? And because happiness and fulfillment isn't only limited to your spare time, there is no need to distinguish between "work" and "life": lifetime is worktime multiplied by joy. This workshop uses design thinking to address demands of "new work". Together with other PhD students and Postdocs, you develop a constructive and effective approach to finding and designing your vocation at the University or elsewhere by developing new thinking patterns and working on your future ideas. During this workshop, you will learn how to work into your life rather than try to fit yourself into a job.

The workshop in a nutshell Join us for the workshop "Designing Your (Academic) Future" in which you will learn a process, methods and especially a mindset of tackling problems with a design and creativity approach. In addition, you will recognize the importance of space, energy and having a design team to discuss your challenges. You will learn ways to support your current research, teaching and other activities and be better in decision making for future job opportunities in Academia or beyond.

Why should you care as participant or even as supervisor sending your student? Eight out of ten participants do not make dramatic job or life changes but rather learn tools and develop a mindset to redesign unpleasant experiences, find ways to understand and use their strengths in a better way and have a more productive and meaningful life with better performance and satisfaction. For example, participants in the past have redesigned unpleasant experiences and make them more enjoyable such as reading papers, writing, or even their morning routine to leave the house with more energy. Participants have redesigned their commute to work, became more competent about their energy resulting into more productivity and using their strengths to find their calling which leads to higher job-commitment, better mental health and more work engagement (Levecque et al. 2017; Duffy & Dik 2013; Pain 2017). This is a week well spent for your academic life and beyond. Participants have reported that they use the tools and techniques throughout their career and life and even continued with their life design teams as resonating boards for future decisions.
In this highly practical workshop, participants will be able to work on their current challenges and move forward by discussing it with other participants and the instructor. This course is also a place and space with a playful mindset in which all thoughts are allowed and it is all about what matters and what helps us in designing a meaningful and fulfilling (academic) future.

Here is a video message and a flyer from the instructor about the course.

Objectives
After the workshop, you will:

understand your needs for a life that offers joy and fulfillment
have already created many job ideas that match your needs
have already taken steps to pursue some of your ideas
know what steps to take to realize a flourishing life
adopt habits of prototyping and iterating to your vocation and take action instead of over-thinking
be guided as you take further steps to design your life
understand the value of peer feedback and building a community for life design
Content & Methods
We start off with analyzing what brought you where you are today through activating and reflective visual methods. This understanding will be the foundation for defining your current challenges and ideate possible solutions using visual thinking and incorporating peer coaching. The next stage, prototyping and testing, will make you turn your thoughts into action and will aggregate your efforts during the workshop. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to apply your learning and ideas into real life. With this approach, you can iteratively design your way forward to a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

This workshop uses design thinking to address the "wicked problem" of creating a career and life within and beyond the PhD or Post-Doc. It offers a framework, tools, and most importantly a place and a community of peers and mentors where we'll work on this issue through assigned readings, reflections, and in-class exercises. We are following a blended learning approach that integrates tasks beforehand and offers optional follow-up sessions.

It will take place in an environment that is open, flexible and allows to think beyond the common paths offering literally different perspectives as the environment is changing our behavior. The group will be fairly small to allow for an intimate atmosphere and the instructors will ensure an open, flexible and appreciative mindset. Impression from a "Designing Your Future" - workshop.

Benefits for participants
Life design enables employees to strengthen their identity as academics or to build up a vo-cational identity outside academia (Nota & Rossier, 2015). By recognizing the wide range of sound career prospects, PhD students and Postdocs expe-rience that asking themselves future career related questions can be fun. Hereby, knowing how to apply life design turns out to be an immense emotional relief. Knowing what you really want in life and how to implement it has positive effects on moti-vation, job and life satisfaction, and wellbeing (Duffy & Dik 2013).

Prerequisites
No particular prerequisites are required, especially not in terms of being creative or being good at drawing. All you need is a mindset of curiosity, openness and experimentation. This workshop is designed for participants without previous experience in design thinking (especially those who may have very little idea what "design thinking" even means!).

Contact
If you have any questions, please feel free to visit the website of the Life Design Lab at the University of St. Gallen or get in contact with the instructor by email: Sebastian Kernbach.

Course leader

Sebastian Kernbach has a PhD in Communication Science in which he focused on Visual Collaborative Knowledge Work in knowledge-intense collaboration in Professional Services Firms and Design Thinking.

Target group

Everyone who is interested; there are no formal requirement. Note that many workshops have some prerequisites.

The Summer School workshops are conceived for those who need to deepen and widen their methodological knowledge and skills for their work, research projects and (PhD) theses: students, junior and senior researchers, practitioners from academia and outside academia at any stage of their careers whenever the need for further training in methodology arises.

Course aim

Life design enables employees to strengthen their identity as academics or to build up a vo-cational identity outside academia (Nota & Rossier, 2015). By recognizing the wide range of sound career prospects, PhD students and Postdocs expe-rience that asking themselves future career related questions can be fun. Hereby, knowing how to apply life design turns out to be an immense emotional relief. Knowing what you really want in life and how to implement it has positive effects on moti-vation, job and life satisfaction, and wellbeing (Duffy & Dik 2013).

Credits info

The Summer School cannot grant credits. We only deliver a Certificate of attendance, i.e. we certify your
presence

If you consider using Summer School workshops to obtain credits (ECTS), you will have to investigate at your home institution (contact the person/institute responsible for your degree) to find out whether they recognize the Summer School, how many credits can be earned from a workshop/course with roughly 35 hours of teaching, no graded work, and no exams.

Make sure to investigate this matter before registering, if this is important to you.

Fee info

CHF 700: The Summer School in Social Science Methods is financed through participant’s fees.

There are two fees:

Reduced fee: 700 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for students (requires proof of student status).
Normal fee: 1100 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for all others.
These fees includes also participation in one of the preliminary workshops (two-day workshop preceding the Summer School).
To qualify for the reduced fee, you are required to send a copy of an official document that certifies your current student status or a letter from your supervisor stating your actual position as a doctoral or postdoctoral student. Send this letter/document by e-mail to methodssummerschool@usi.ch.
CHF 1100: The Summer School in Social Science Methods is financed through participant’s fees.

There are two fees:

Reduced fee: 700 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for students (requires proof of student status).
Normal fee: 1100 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for all others.
These fees includes also participation in one of the preliminary workshops (two-day workshop preceding the Summer School).
To qualify for the reduced fee, you are required to send a copy of an official document that certifies your current student status or a letter from your supervisor stating your actual position as a doctoral or postdoctoral student. Send this letter/document by e-mail to methodssummerschool@usi.ch.

Scholarships

As the Summer School is financed through participant’s fees alone and has no funds of its own, it cannot offer any scholarship, grants or financial aid.