Brad Harrington is a Research Professor in Boston College's Carroll School of Management. He teaches several courses for graduate students and one course for undergraduate students. Download Brad's Curriculum Vitae here


Finding and Following Your Life’s Calling is a Capstone course which will strive to help students come to grips with the forces that are changing in their lives, but far more importantly, the forces inside that will help students through these changes. The foundational aspect of greater self-awareness and self-knowledge will provide the cornerstone of the class and the foundation for students to think about their lives going forward. It will rigorously pursue the question, “How can I best know myself and understand the gifts that I can bring to the world?” The class will then use this increased awareness to focus on three primary dimensions of the student's life: Careers, Relationships, Families and Gender Roles, and Community. 


Navigating careers and maintaining work-life balance are now necessary skills for all individuals, regardless of the sector in which they are employed. This course will look at these issues and will help students develop the critical competencies and skills to needed to successfully manage their career development and maintain work-life integration. The course will be highly experiential and will include the following components:

  1. Completing a rigorous self-assessment process that will help students clarify their interests, values, skills, career goals, and aspirations in the context of their overall life. Students will use this information to formulate life themes that will help them clarify their career goals and direction.

  2. Utilizing the self-assessment process as a filter and a focus to understand the labor market, career options, and employers in order to successfully define and attain their desired career outcomes.

  3. Developing the knowledge and skills to manage and maintain successful career development and work-life integration over the individual’s life span.


You can change many things in a matter of minutes, but lasting change takes significant time and a great deal of organizational and personal investment. All organizational change requires personal change for each individual involved- and personal change can be difficult. Organizational change programs that appear quick, easy, and painless are generally deceptive and may present the veneer of change without the occurrence of underlying, lasting change. This course will help students to understand the complexities of change by examining, from both a theoretical and practical perspective, a number of contemporary change strategies.

Dr. Brad Harrington

Phone: (617) 552-4544

Email: harrinb@bc.edu

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