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Pivot your career with a free transdisciplinary short course based on Stanford University’s Life Design Curriculum. Adapted for an Australian context, this course will support you to enhance your self-efficacy and decision-making skills, preparing you to thrive in the face of Industry 4.0.


About this course

Forge a successful career path with this free short course, Designing Success, ideal for professionals looking to upskill and stay relevant, as well as new graduates entering the workforce. Designing Success is part one of a three-part series, Designing Your Future.

Designing Your Future

Designing Your Future is a world-leading short course series designed by the Australian Technology Network (ATN) in collaboration with Stanford University and tailored to the Australian job market.

This course, Designing Success, is the first stage, free and open to anyone. In this 15-hour self-paced online course you will learn:

  • The skills and tools needed to problem solve
  • How to decide and determine what you want in a career
  • Practical steps to realise your career goals.

The second and third stages, Designing for You and Designing Your Career, both require 30 hours of online learning and are paid courses. In these stages you will learn:

  • How to build a plan for your future career
  • The skills to action and implement your career plan
  • How to identify opportunities and areas to upskill for continual success.

About this course: Designing Success

This free short course will focus on how to redesign your work life and identify opportunities for professional development growth. Developed in collaboration with Stanford University and based on Designing Your Life, the bestselling book by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, this Australian-first learning opportunity will equip you with the tools and techniques to shape your future career.

Enjoy the flexibility of self-guided online learning for this free short course. You will work alongside peers from a wide range of industries exploring strategies for self-development and self-awareness, action orientation and accountability.

By the end of the short course, you’ll understand a range of transdisciplinary approaches to identify opportunities in the changing world of work.

Key benefits of this course

This short course has been designed to:

  • Develop your understanding of design thinking and how it can be utilised in career and life design
  • Provide opportunities to test out design thinking for career and life design
  • Equip you with an understanding of the designer mindsets utilised in career and life design.

Digital badge and certificate

A digital badge and certificate will be awarded following the successful completion of any necessary tasks or assessments to demonstrate acquired learning of the short course or for meeting attendance and/or participation requirements.

Learn more about UTS Open digital badges.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

The course is online, you can complete at your own pace. You’ll hear from others who have utilised Life Design and complete a range of interactive activities to familiarise yourself with the tools.

Course learning objectives

This short course will provide an opportunity for learners to engage with the following learning outcomes:

  • Ability to apply Design Thinking to Career and Life Design
  • Ability to apply the Designer mindsets.


To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas, Zoom and Microsoft Teams. You’ll also need a pen and paper to complete interactive activities.

Who is this course for?

This course has been designed for anyone looking to upskill, reskill and redefine their career opportunities in the rapidly changing labour market driven by Industry 4.0. It offers meaningful learning outcomes for career changers and other professionals seeking enhanced opportunities at work and beyond.

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Self paced
  • Online
  • Online
  • 15 hours total

Please note you will need to register an account before signing up to this course. Express checkout is not available for this free short course. 

Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.