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Designing Your Next Transition


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What’s the story you tell yourself about professional and personal transitions? We all want to be smart about shaping life into an experience we enjoy. Design gives us an empowering approach to managing our transitions. This workshop will introduce you to a design-led approach to your professional and personal transitions. Federal agencies are in transition as a result of design-led innovation, workforce restructuring, strategic planning, and the ever-changing expectations of the people we serve. Federal employees are in transition as well. Learn to lead and live a design-led transition.

In this one-day course, we will draw on human-centered design and developmental psychology to develop strategies and next steps for making the most of your next transition. You will leave with a specific action plan and timetable for taking your next step.

How You Will Benefit

Together, we will answer a simple question: How might we use design thinking, principles, and techniques to get the most out of our life transitions? Through a combination of engagement, reflection, and story-telling, this interactive workshop will help you develop, hone, and apply your own transition design skills.

Who Should Attend

We invite all federal employees—with or without previous design experience—to participate in this course. It is open to anyone interested in more strategically approaching transitions to more effectively develop next steps.

Additional Information

Through interactive discussions and collaborative activities, we will engage several topics including:

  • The three phases of transitions and the importance of knowing where you are;
  • The story you’re telling yourself (and others!) about your transition;
  • Three questions that can help frame your next steps;
  • A design exercise to sketch out alternative paths; and
  • A planning exercise to design a specific next step and timetable for your transition.


Lodging and meals are not included in the tuition.