Frequently Asked Questions

Participant Questions

Is there any homework?

Participants can expect to spend approximately 10-20 minutes/day on their journal. Other assignments can be as little as an hour/week. The most time-intensive assignment will be the Feedback meetings that participants will set up and take with trusted colleagues/friends to get their outside perspective on their strengths, challenges, and opportunities. This activity can be spread over the course of the program and could represent one or two hours for each scheduled meeting.

Does the Program apply to any career, job, or business situation?

Yes! From the beginning, this is a program that participants tailor to their experience and to their goals. It is an internally focused, reflective, personal development process that relates to any business.  This methodology is designed to help them take better control of their career by being more intentional about how they define themselves and their work.  They will work to update the value proposition they want to share with prospective employers, investors, networking allies, family, and friends. No matter what field they’re in, this process will strengthen their resolve, and improve their chances of making smart career choices.

What if a participant misses a meeting?

Each meeting will be recorded, and these recordings will be available to registered participants for the duration of the Program. If they miss a meeting, they will have access to the recording.


To further ensure privacy, the recordings will be deleted from the server 30 days after the conclusion of the Program.

Will the program prepare participants for job interviews?

Absolutely! By getting a clearer sense of who they are and what they're looking for in their next position, they will come across as prepared, confident, and directed. Remember: they don't want to get just any job offer, only the ones that really spark their interest, and where they can be most effective (and most appreciated!).

What about confidentiality?

Working with a career coach in a live group setting may be a concern, and participants may be initially reluctant or uncomfortable sharing information with people they haven't met before.

Each participant will agree to a confidentiality statement as part of their sign-up process, in which they agree to not discuss any issues or topics (or names) that come up in the meetings.

Additionally, the facilitator will advise and coach participants on how to share the underlying essence of what they need to discuss or work on, without revealing unnecessary details.

Each participant in the group is dealing with their own set of challenges, and at the end of the day, they will all be sharing together. This sets up an intrinsically safe environment where everyone understands that they are in a similar situation.  This helps ensure the confidentiality of what's discussed.

Shared participation promotes a positive bond that everyone is willing to respect.

What if some participants progress faster than others?

There is no question that everyone works at a different pace. The beauty and the value of a group program lies precisely in the diversity of experience that each person brings to the table. If some participants have more extensive experience in, and awareness of, career development skills and procedures, and/or are just diving in faster than the others, then the facilitator’s 1-on-1 work with them will more than keep them challenged and on-track. Their role, then, will be as a leader to help inspire and support the rest of the group - which, as leadership tends to do - will raise the bar even more on the work they have to do to meet their own goals.

School Questions

What is the lead time to schedule a workshop?

Workshops usually require approximately two months from approval to the first workshop session.

Longer lead times are also possible.

Workshop start dates are flexible and can be scheduled to coordinate with other school and/or alumni-oriented events during the academic year, or over the summer.

 

Can the syllabus be customized?

It is possible to add specific material to cover an area of concern or a resource that is particular to a specific school. However, the overall 6-week and 6-skill framework is core to the program. It has been demonstrated to work effectively as a unit.

See more information below regarding co-facilitating the workshop.

 

Can other staff co-facilitate the workshop?

Yes! It is expected and encouraged. Having a co-facilitator on board in every session makes the experience more relevant and valuable to the participants.

Ideally, the co-facilitator is a member of the alumni career services or alumni relations team. They will likely have previously interacted or coached some of the participants and can provide valuable context from the school's point of view.

The co-facilitator can be extremely helpful in making sure that the school's culture and institutional point of view are represented on the calls.

The co-facilitator will work with the facilitator before the start of the workshop to help customize the polls and breakout sessions for each session. Additionally, the co-facilitator will take some time in each session to share what's going on with the school, and to pass on information regarding other related events or opportunities.

 

How much marketing support is required from the School?

As a Partner in the ACTP, no budget outlay is required to market the ACTP.

The School will agree to sponsor, schedule, and promote a free webinar to its alumni community, generally four weeks prior to the first workshop session.

The webinar will mark the opening of registration and sign up for the workshop and will be handled by the ACTP.

Between the webinar presentation and the workshop launch, the School will follow up with a series of marketing emails and posts to their LinkedIn profile and/or group. The ACTP will provide a suggested sequence of carefully crafted email messages that follow a proven marketing methodology to encourage signup.

The final marketing strategy and schedule will be part of the Agreement between the School and the ACTP.

What is the overall timeline for a Workshop engagement?

  1. Partner Onboarding:  4 Weeks (Contract, Date selection, Customization)
  2. Marketing Phase:  4 Weeks (Conduct webinar, Email campaign, Registration)
  3. Workshop Phase:  6 Weeks (6 weekly sessions, Shared folder with materials, Session recordings)
  4. Post-Workshop Phase:  4 Weeks (Survey, Review w. Partner, Follow-up to participants, Delete recordings)

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