What Do You Want to Be?:
Learn How to Find Out
- The 10 x 10 Experience -
A videochat course
An introductory course for curious high school students with a lot of different interests, learn 10 skills that help answer the question "where am I going?" and begin to chart your path to a career journey you will enjoy. Sessions are high-energy and all exercises are practical, hands-on, and based on life prototyping methodologies popularized by the d.school at Stanford University.
Meets 4 times via videochat with Samantha Quist, the Founder of Lighthouse and a Stanford and Google alum.
We offer a friendly environment. We ask students to commit their full attention during the sessions and set aside their fears of trying new things. No grades given.
Bring pen and paper to each session.
DEVELOP REAL SKILLS
- Experience lightning-fast but real projects across 10 different career-finding skills
- Learn the "career prototyping" framework to explore further in the future
- Finish with a portfolio of projects and next steps for exploring further
practice 10 skills
You will be challenged to practice skills that can help you navigate towards a career that fit your interests:
- Prototype real projects
- In-their-shoes searches
- Find prospective mentors
- Use LinkedIn to your advantage
- Write emails that get replies
- Follow up proactively
- Ask smart questions
- Write your own job description
- Talk about yourself convincingly
- Create real project outlines
- 3:30pm - Join the videochat
- 3:35pm - Reflections from last session
- 3:40pm - Find prospective mentors
- 3:50pm - Project reflection & scoring
- 3:55pm - Write emails that get replies
- 4:05pm - Project reflection & scoring
- 4:10pm - Career prototyping basics
- 4:25pm - Challenge for next week
- 4:30pm - Dismiss
FINISH THE PROGRAM WITH
- Your portfolio of 10 career prototyping projects
- Professional emailing experience
- Storytelling experience
- The Career Prototyping framework
- A guide for meeting mentors
- A community of like-minded students
TRY OUT 10-MINUTE PROJECTS
How can you begin to figure out what kinds of careers you might like? Who can help you on your journey? How do you know when you're making progress?
One by one, learn each of 10 different skills to help you discover a great career fit. Then use your skills to take control of your future and make decisions about the next days, weeks, months, and years of your life.
LEARN HOW TO MEET ADVISORS
Our 10 x 10 programs educate students on how to identify and reach out to career mentors on their own so they can further their career exploration.
We challenge students to be proactive and give them the tools to take their career exploration into their own hands.
TRY TO DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT TO BE (For NOW)
We challenge all students to make a decision--just for today--about what they would like to be when they grow up, then we educate them to accumulate experiences and information to help them enforce or change their decision in the future.
Our challenges and project experiences aren't for everyone, but they are great for students who enjoy fast-paced and hands-on styles of learning.
MEET YOUR Instructor / Mentor
Samantha Quist is the Founder of Lighthouse. She has been a professional marketing executive, software developer, startup founder, startup advisor, resume editor, and nonprofit program director. After graduating from Stanford University, Samantha joined Google in 2004 as a Product Marketing Manager. After founding a resume editing company, she led marketing at big data startup Gnip prior to its acquisition by Twitter. Samantha was Founder and CEO of Copywriter Central from its founding to acquisition, then became the Executive Director of Technovation, a global startup competition for high school students. She is currently Co-founder and Director of FFL Startup Accelerator. She resides in Menlo Park, California with her husband and two children. Samantha has been working with high school students for years as a technology mentor and guest speaker at technology conferences and in classrooms locally, nationally, and internationally. She occasionally blogs at www.samanthaquist.com.
We look for students who are curious, open minded, and eager to explore
REGISTER UPON ACCEPTANCE
Tuition due upon acceptance to hold your place in the program
T-shirt and notebook (U.S. only)
Certificate of completion