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CareerWell offers several graduate (GRAD) seven-week online courses led by business professionals. CareerWell courses are offered during the fall and/or spring semesters to support skill development in several competency areas, including:

  • Business communication
  • Leadership
  • Applied project management
  • Financial accounting
  • Marketing
  • Technology commercialization
  • Team collaboration
  • Digital transformation

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CareerWell course offerings

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GRAD 712 - Leadership in the Workplace (1.5 credits)

Leadership in the Workplace is a seven-week, online course offered through The Graduate School’s CareerWell program to help you examine and develop your individual leadership abilities by focusing on the actions and behaviors associated with effective leaders. Through individual reflection, self-assessment, collaborative exercises, coaching, and class feedback, you will work to define your unique leadership style and build the foundation for ongoing leadership development, no matter where you are in your career. Throughout the course, you will work individually and as a group to prepare for active participation in organizations. This is a fully online course with some synchronous components. You will benefit from one-on-one coaching with your instructor and developing an individual leadership development plan to support ongoing learning.

GRAD 713 - Applied Project Management: Frameworks, Principles and Techniques (1.5 credits)

Applied Project Management is an online short course offered through The Graduate School’s CareerWell program to help you understand how to employ project management techniques effectively in a variety of workplaces. Through a combination of team projects, readings, video tutorials, and synchronous class sessions, we will cover key topics including planning and monitoring projects, risk management, stakeholder management, and time and cost management. Those of you with some informal project management experience may benefit from understanding best practices, but this course is not intended for experienced project managers or those who have completed project management courses. This is a fully online course with mandatory synchronous class sessions scheduled for each module. GRAD 713 employs a flipped classroom strategy. You will read from two textbooks, watch videos, complete short quizzes, post to online forums and complete assignments outside of the class sessions. Synchronous sessions may include review of completed assignments, discussion of key topics and work on group assignments.

GRAD 715 - Business Communication (1.5 credits)

This seminar-style course teaches you skills for professional writing (e.g. email messages, short reports, and executive summaries) and presenting (e.g. storytelling, projecting a professional image, and managing Q&A). Key topics include selecting and organizing content, developing audience-centered visual aids, organization, accessibility, clarity and conciseness, tone, visual displays of information, and communicating complex topics using plain language in professional settings. This course is both writing-and speaking-intensive and requires a strong command of the English language. GRAD715 is also a required course to earn the Graduate Certificate in Innovation, Leadership and Management. For all other programs, please check with your director of graduate studies to learn how GRAD715 will count toward your degree requirements. (Instructor: Melissa Geil).

GRAD 716 - Market Research: Assess and Validate Your Market (1.5 credits)

Enrollment in this course is offered by invitation only for KickStart Venture Services Venture Catalyst Fellows and select graduate students. Market Research: Assess and Validate Your Market is a seven-week, online course offered through Innovate Carolina’s KickStart Venture Services and The Graduate School’s CareerWell programs. This course is intended to provide participants with strategies, tactics, and resources to conduct real-world primary market research and evaluate sources of secondary market research.
Grading status: Letter grade.

GRAD 717 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and The Entrepreneurial Mindset (1.5 credits)

GRAD 717 provides graduate students from a wide range of departments with an overview of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking. As part of this, students will learn and apply the lean startup methodology to develop and validate a business idea. By the end of the course, students will:

  1.  Understand what entrepreneurship is, the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur and the societal impact of entrepreneurship;
  2. Learn entrepreneurial thinking and how it can be applied to both building new businesses (startups) as well as applied within an existing business or organization (intrapreneurship);
  3. Learn the lean startup methodology of hypothesize → validate → iterate; and,
  4. Use the lean canvas to understand the key components of new business. Grading status: Letter grade.

GRAD 725 - Build Your Professional Brand (1.5 credits)

Build Your Professional Brand is a seven-week, online course offered through The Graduate School’s CareerWell program to help prepare students to apply personal branding strategies and tactics that may be applied during job searches and in the workplace, across career settings. Sessions will involve hands-on workshops, discussion, and self-reflections to support development of several professional branding articles, including an individual professional development plan (IPDP), resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, informational interview plan, and a professional skills product. The course process will rely on high student engagement, information sharing, and opportunities for applied learning, reflection, and feedback. There are no course prerequisites.

GRAD 727 - Team Collaboration (1.5 credits)

Course instructor approval required for enrollment; invitation only.

Team Collaboration is a half-semester course and development series  to prepare Carolina graduate students to work within multidisciplinary teams and complete real-world projects designed jointly with partnering companies and organizations. This seven-week series will support the ability of Carolina graduate students to develop skills in several areas, gain practical work experience as a part of a cross-disciplinary team, and leverage their disciplinary training and creativity to move ideas. Instruction mode: In-person, on-campus learners.

Grading status: Letter grade.

GRAD 737 - Journey to Entrepreneurship: Building Your Startup Skillset (1.5 credits)

Journey to Entrepreneurship provides a skill-driven curriculum for UNC-Chapel Hill trainees interested in the fundamentals of launching and financing startups, including University spinouts. Led by a different subject matter expert each week, course topics will include fundraising strategies for your startup, preparing for due diligence and how to effectively pitch to your investors. Insights and skills gained from this course will enable students to work effectively with startup companies and entrepreneurs, as well as learn the basics for starting their own companies.

GRAD 736 - Venture Capital Practicum (1.5 credits)

In this experiential course, students will explore the activities and tools needed to make actual investment decisions for emerging companies. The course is offered in collaboration with Carolina Research Ventures (CRV), which supports companies engaged in commercializing technologies and other assets emanating from the University and UNC Health.

Students will learn principles of rigorous and reproducible due diligence and market research; learn key components to the conduct of thorough due diligence on early-stage companies seeking capital investments; learn how to interact with the parties involved in the determination of investments in early-stage investments of life science and technology companies; gain an understanding of academic technology commercialization concepts; be exposed to early-stage corporate operations, structures and issues; and experience the various roles and perspectives associated with being a university-based founder. Students will work on projects that involve actual investment decisions by CRV and consequently the funding received by recipient companies. Students need to bring strong research skills, interest, communication skills, and initiative to thoroughly look at the targeted companies, their markets, and their technologies. While no specific technical knowledge is required, the ability to interact with industry experts and other resources across multiple sectors to collect insights and directions is central to each student’s success. The CRV managing director and others associated with CRV will provide direction and feedback throughout the course.

Grading status: Letter grade

GRAD 755 - Technology Commercialization Fundamentals (1.5 credits)

Technology Commercialization Fundamentals is a seven-week, online course offered through Innovate Carolina’s KickStart Venture Services and The Graduate School’s CareerWell program to provide an overview of the fundamental first steps of technology commercialization, with a specific emphasis on university technology commercialization (aka technology transfer). The course will cover several topics, including market assessment, intellectual property, technology development, licensing, commercial development, and University startups.