University of Michigan
Purpose at Work: A Course for Employees and Leaders
University of Michigan

Purpose at Work: A Course for Employees and Leaders

Taught in English

Some content may not be translated

5,030 already enrolled


Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Vic Strecher

Instructor: Vic Strecher


(15 reviews)

Beginner level
No prior experience required
6 hours to complete
3 weeks at 2 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

What you'll learn

  • The history of purpose in work

  • Purpose in work and ways of finding greater fulfillment of purpose through work

  • Approaches organizational leaders can take to create a more purposeful organization

Skills you'll gain

Details to know

Shareable certificate

Add to your LinkedIn profile


2 quizzes

See how employees at top companies are mastering in-demand skills


Earn a career certificate

Add this credential to your LinkedIn profile, resume, or CV

Share it on social media and in your performance review


There are 3 modules in this course

In this week, you'll meet your instructor, Vic Strecher, and get a foundational introduction to what purpose is from a historical context through to contemporary times, and why purpose is important. This week of the course is for everyone!

What's included

6 videos3 readings1 quiz2 discussion prompts

In this week, you can expect to learn more about finding purposeful work and crafting your purpose in your work. This week of the course will be particularly relevant to current and future employees.

What's included

9 videos1 quiz2 discussion prompts

This week will provide insights into how to develop purposeful organizations and learn how to engage as a purposeful leader. You will hear from several guests in this week as they provide additional perspectives on purposeful leadership. The content in this week will be of particular interest to current and future leaders.

What's included

12 videos1 reading1 peer review


Instructor ratings
5.0 (7 ratings)
Vic Strecher
University of Michigan
2 Courses240,065 learners

Offered by

Recommended if you're interested in Personal Development

Why people choose Coursera for their career

Felipe M.
Learner since 2018
"To be able to take courses at my own pace and rhythm has been an amazing experience. I can learn whenever it fits my schedule and mood."
Jennifer J.
Learner since 2020
"I directly applied the concepts and skills I learned from my courses to an exciting new project at work."
Larry W.
Learner since 2021
"When I need courses on topics that my university doesn't offer, Coursera is one of the best places to go."
Chaitanya A.
"Learning isn't just about being better at your job: it's so much more than that. Coursera allows me to learn without limits."

Learner reviews

Showing 3 of 15


15 reviews

  • 5 stars


  • 4 stars


  • 3 stars


  • 2 stars


  • 1 star



Reviewed on Apr 14, 2023


Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

New to Personal Development? Start here.


Open new doors with Coursera Plus

Unlimited access to 7,000+ world-class courses, hands-on projects, and job-ready certificate programs - all included in your subscription

Advance your career with an online degree

Earn a degree from world-class universities - 100% online

Join over 3,400 global companies that choose Coursera for Business

Upskill your employees to excel in the digital economy

Frequently asked questions