Career Decisions: From Insight to Impact

Career Decisions, a new online course on Coursera, aims to help learners understand their motivations, strengths, and goals, and appreciate how personal identity affects career decision making. The course is taught by adult developmental psychologist and career counselor, Sharon Belden Castonguay, Director of the Gordon Career Center at Wesleyan University and is offered free of charge to Wesleyan students and alumni.

A public version of the course is available to purchase or audit here

Wesleyan students and alumni, please follow the instructions below to enroll in the course free of charge. 

Related Links:
Castonguay Teaches Coursera Course on Career Decisions
The Psychology of Career Decisions  (TedXWesleyanU, Sharon Belden Castonguay) 
First Year Out (Podcast)
Careers by Design: The Interviews (Podcast)

About the Instructor
Sharon Belden Castonguay, EdD, is an adult developmental psychologist and career counselor with 20 years of experience working with professionals at all levels of their careers. She is the director of The Gordon Career Center at Wesleyan University and the host of two podcasts, First Year Out and Careers by Design: The Interviews. She has also served as a career counselor at Harvard University and at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. Castonguay received her doctorate in human development from Harvard, where her research focused on how businesspeople make career decisions. She holds an MA in Education from the University of Michigan and a BA in Government from Smith College.

Enrollment Instructions for Students & Alumni

Wesleyan Students

Career Decisions: From Insight to Impact is offered exclusively to Wesleyan students and alumni free of charge. To enroll in the student version of the Coursera course, please follow these instructions: 

  1. Create a Coursera account using your Wesleyan.edu email address. If you already have a Coursera account with your Wesleyan email address, skip to step 3.
    • Enter your full name, your wesleyan.edu email address, and a password, and then click "Join for Free"
    • Existing Coursera accounts that do not use a Wesleyan email address will not have access to the student course
  2. Confirm your email address following the instructions sent to you by Coursera via email
  3. Log in to Coursera with your wesleyan.edu email address
  4. Access the student version of Career Decisions by following this link: https://www.coursera.org/groups/career-decisions-student-sankp/invitation
    • Click "Accept Invitation" and then click "Continue" to access and enroll in the course
    • In the future, you can also access Career Decisions through your "My Courses" page on Coursera

If you need help accessing or enrolling in Career Decisions please email careercenter@wesleyan.edu 

Wesleyan Alumni

Career Decisions: From Insight to Impact is offered exclusively to Wesleyan students and alumni free of charge. To enroll in the alumni version of the Coursera course, please follow these instructions:

  1. Create a Coursera account using your Wesleyan.edu email address.* If you already have a Coursera account with your Wesleyan email address, skip to step 3.
    • Enter your full name, your wesleyan.edu email address, and a password, and then click "Join for Free"
    • Existing Coursera accounts that do not use a Wesleyan email address will not have free access to the alumni version of the course
  2. Confirm your email address following the instructions sent to you by Coursera via email (to your wesleyan.edu email account)*
  3. Log in to Coursera with your wesleyan.edu email address
  4. Access the alumni version of Career Decisions by following this link:  https://coursera.org/groups/career-decisions-wes-alumni-h3vai/invitation
    • Click "Accept Invitation" and then click "Continue" to access and enroll in the course
    • In the future, you can also access Career Decisions through your "My Courses" page on Coursera

*Email account management is provided through the WesPortal system. To access your Wesleyan email, please sign into WesPortal, click on Communication and then WebMail. If you need additional help, please submit a request through the Alumni Helpdesk.

If you need help accessing or enrolling in Career Decisions please email careercenter@wesleyan.edu