Achieving Personal and Professional Success Specialization
Learn How to Maximize Your Potential. Define Success, Communicate Effectively, and Use Influence to Accomplish Personal and Career Goals
About this Specialization
Applied Learning Project
Learners will discover their core values, create a personal success plan, learn how to apply their values for the best results at home and work, and develop a method for communicating effectively and using influence to achieve their goals.
These courses will help you be your best self wherever you are.
No prior experience required.
No prior experience required.
Richard ShellTop InstructorProfessor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management
Stewart D. FriedmanPractice Professor of Management and Director of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project
University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the refund policy?
If you subscribed, you get a 7-day free trial during which you can cancel at no penalty. After that, we don’t give refunds, but you can cancel your subscription at any time. See our full refund policy.
Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project. Learn more.
Can I take the course for free?
When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
16 weeks is the typical sequence for completing this Specialization; however, you can work at the pace which makes sense for you.
What background knowledge is necessary?
No background knowledge is necessary to complete this Specialization; however, you must be able to be honest with yourself and willing to try new ways of thinking and communicating to achieve results.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
No. The courses in this Specialization are designed to be taken in the order that is right for you. If you don't know where to begin, we recommend starting with "Success." Professor Shell will guide you through exercises designed to help you define what success means to you. You may wish to use this self-knowledge as a foundation for the other courses.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
No. Although these courses are based on very popular courses offered by the Wharton School, they are not eligible for course credit from the University of Pennsylvania.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
This Specialization was designed to help you be more successful in both your personal and professional life, using the techniques and exercises taught at the Wharton School. Upon completing this Specialization, you will be able to define what success means to you, apply your core values and principles at home and at work, communicate effectively and influence others to achieve your goals.
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