Career Dynamics

Daria Panina
Holds a PhD, an MBA, teaches at Texas A&M University, USA and does research in the areas of international management and international business.

Purpose of this Course
The purpose of this course is to provide a forum for MBA students to develop and improve skills important for personal success in leadership and career management. In this class, we'll be looking at people's careers, their dynamics, and elements contributing to success at workplace. We will be practicing skills that are indispensable for modern managers. We will be periodically taking sides of employees and employers, so this class should be equally useful for an entry-level graduate, a business owner, a mid-career professional, and an HR manager.

This course is an experiential learning program for those who want to be more successful in managing their careers. This course will equip you with skills, habits, tools, and instruments that contribute to your overall effectiveness as either an employee or employer. The learning environment of the course will consist of both in-class and independent learning. Guest speakers will be utilized to provide a rich and dynamic aspect of this course in addition to the faculty involved. Several group learning assignments will be used to reinforce course material.

Course Materials
  • Notes, handouts, articles, and cases from the course package.

Grading of this course will be based on assignments, final project, class presentations and class participation.

Because the course is heavily discussion based attendance is mandatory. Failure to attend 40% of classes leads to immediate failure in the course and loss of credit.

The course will be graded in accordance with the following schedule:

Class participation _________________________ 10%
3 individual practical home assignments _____ 45%
Presentations ______________________________ 15%
Final project _______________________________ 30%
Total _____________________________________ 100%

Course Topics
  1. Course Introduction
  2. Careers & Career Development
  3. Life & Career Stages M&A terminology
  4. Culture, Leadership & Career Success
  5. Executive presence
  6. Impression management
  7. Self-marketing strategies
  8. Networking & Social Capital
  9. Power, Politics & Careers
  10. HR Cycle
  11. Work-Life Balance
  12. Alternative Careers

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