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Using Sociology to Explore Aspirations: A workshop with Professor Ofer Sharone

What do I really want to do when I grow up?

Wednesday, May 26, 7:00-8:30 P.M. EDT

“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~Mary Oliver, American Poet

While Oliver’s question assumes people have clear life plans, sociology shows that a variety of powerful social forces shape our aspirations and dreams, often confusingly pulling us in multiple directions. Moving towards clarity requires stepping back and reflecting on the social forces pushing and pulling us.

In this pilot workshop for mid-career professionals, Ofer Sharone will guide you in exploring the effects of some of the most typical social forces shaping our aspirations, including gender, family, and culture. Using interactive exercises and peer-to-peer discussions he will help you move toward greater clarity about your life plans.


Registration fee: $67
WCB members, check your membership benefits for discount code.

If your singular obstacle to joining us is cost, please contact us.

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Ofer Sharone is a professor of sociology at UMass Amherst and founder of the Institute for Career Transitions. He teaches courses and workshops about the social forces shaping aspirations and in 2019 he won the University’s Outstanding Teaching Award. Professor Sharone is the author of an award-winning book about job searching and his research has received wide attention from national media including the New York Times, the BBC and the PBS Newshour. Professor Sharone received his PhD in sociology from the University of California Berkeley and his JD from Harvard Law School.