Career Empowerment Series

Reflect…engage…move forward!  In this interactive two-class series, participants will learn how to achieve and maintain more engagement and satisfaction in their work lives.  The first session draws heavily on guided interviews and discussions with other participants to understand core strengths and discover satisfying career opportunities.  Session two introduces a variety of valuable tools, resources, and the latest best practices in career management to help employees make the most of their careers at OHSU.

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Topics Covered

Session I

  • What's "Career Empowerment" Anyway?
  • Introduction to the CE Model
  • Activity: Good Experiences
  • Structured Peer Interviews
  • Guided Imagery Experience
  • Identifying My Strengths, Skills, Values, and Satisfiers
  • Summary, Homework and Preview of What's to Come

Session II

  • Review Session I: What's Changed?
  • Essentials of Effective Career Management
  • Personal Branding
  • Networking
  • Strategic Self Marketing: Resume & Interviewing
  • LinkedIn and Social Media
  • Individual Development Plans
  • Action Planning and Goal Setting
  • Summary


  • Employees interested in taking proactive steps to stay engaged in their careers. 
  • Employees who are in, or who are preparing for, a career transition (e.g. changing jobs, retiring soon, adjusting to a new job, etc.).
  • Employees feeling stuck or dissatisfied in their current position who are ready to take steps towards a more satisfying work life.
  • This class is available to non-managers. 


  • Describe core strengths, career satisfiers, skills, and values and use these characteristics to identify satisfying career opportunities.
  • Develop and maintain a network of mutually-beneficial professional contacts and make the most of your relationships for career success. 
  • Apply modern career management strategies in the areas of: personal branding, resume writing, using the OHSU iRecruitment system, interviewing, LinkedIn and social media, and using and Individual Development Plan (IDP)
  • Plan next steps to take and resources available to help you succeed in your career.

What employees are saying:

“I certainly learned a new way of thinking about my career.”  

“I got a lot out of the course, including a possible promotion!”  

“I learned about a number of resources to help me advance in my career at OHSU.”