NU Accel: Launching Your Next Phase

Concrete skills development plus expert mentorship to move your career forward.

Accelerate the Evolution of Your Career

Whether you are an experienced professional or a recent graduate, your career is a journey. At each stage, the key to success is intention and preparation. NU Accel, designed and delivered by business leaders from companies like Salesforce and Google, gives professionals from all backgrounds concrete tools for reaching their next set of goals. You’ll finish the course with a plan for your next steps and the tool kit you need to be a successful job candidate.

Class meetings are held virtually.

Spring 2021 Cohort
April 1 – May 13
Thursdays, 5 – 7pm PDT (8 – 10pm EDT)

Interested in NU Accel? Drop in for a class and see if it’s a good fit for you.

The ways of doing business in today’s world are constantly shifting. Increasingly, companies in every sector recognize the need for adaptable, proactive employees who can rise to the challenge. Our program is built to help you capitalize on this need.

NU Accel is a fast-paced, high-impact intensive for people making a career shift. The ideal candidate is eager to apply their experience and education in new ways, and seeking clarity on how to focus that drive.

This non-degree course is a series of lectures and interactive exercises. Each week’s module focuses on a different topic and is led by an instructor who is an expert in their field. You’ll exit with a certificate of completion and a finalized, interview-ready presentation on your personal career roadmap.

"Skills gaps continue to be high as in-demand skills across jobs change in the next five years. The top skills ... which employers see as rising in prominence [are] critical thinking, analysis, problem-solving and skills in self-management such as active learning, resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility." World Economic Forum, Future of Jobs Report 2020

The NU Accel Approach

• Receive 1:1 mentorship from your team of instructors
• Engage each week with core business competencies and professional skills to help you thrive at work
• Identify your individual path to a stronger career and make a concrete plan to achieve it
Finish with the resumé, personal elevator pitch, and interview skills to land your next opportunity

"This program, along with your mentorship, changed the course of my career and my life. You were able to draw out my creativity and ignite the entrepreneurial passion within me." Kyla Nuesa, NU Accel Cohort of Autumn 2020
"The sessions are well-paced and relevant to any career overall, which is great as we all come from very different backgrounds." Riyad Douedari, NU Accel Cohort of Autumn 2020

Over the course of the program, you’ll deepen your knowledge of how companies function, the role you can play, and how to strategize the next steps in your career. Topics include:

Business Fundamentals

Business Fundamentals

  • Project management
  • Data-driven argumentation
  • Sales and marketing
  • Personal and corporate finance
Management Skills

Management Skills

  • Negotiation skills
  • Running meetings effectively
  • Management strategies for leadership roles
  • Understanding influence
Career Competencies

Career Competencies

  • The role of company culture
  • Building your network of peers and mentors
  • Excelling at interviews
  • Managing a job search

NU Accel Instructors

Naeem Zafar

Naeem Zafar

Faculty Lead

Naeem Zafar is a serial entrepreneur who has served as CEO of several companies, including Blitzer Mobile.

Sophie Asher

Sophie Asher

Module: Sales and Marketing

Sophie Asher leads Product Marketing at Productboard after building her career at Salesforce and Twilio.

Michael Rubin

Michael Rubin

Module: Job Search Preparation

Michael Rubin is a Director of Engineering at Google, where he is responsible for parts of search infrastructure.

Dr. Brian Strope

Dr. Brian Strope

Module: Technical Interviewing

Brian Strope worked on speech recognition at Google as a Research Scientist for 14 years.

Dr. Gary Katzenstein

Dr. Gary Katzenstein

Module: Organizational Behavior and Leadership

Gary Katzenstein's experience in international business focuses on effective management and structure.

Evelyn Liu Sayers

Evelyn Liu Sayers

Module: Project Management

Evelyn Liu Sayers is a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo, where she has worked through major mergers over the last 25 years.

Presented by Northeastern University

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#49 in National Universities

#11 in Most Innovative Schools

Northeastern University is a nationally recognized institution known for its industry partnerships and experiential approach to reasearch and academics. 

At the end of the program, you'll receive a Northeastern University Certificate indicating your completion of the course. Adding this credential to your resumé and LinkedIn profile signals to employers not only that your business skills are up to date, but that you are proactively engaged in your own upskilling.

You'll also deliver a presentation on your career plan to the faculty and your peers. By formulating a concrete plan and practicing articulating it to an audience, you'll be ready when it's time for your next big interview.

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Ready to take your next big step?

"The NU Accel program is very engaging and the different speakers are a great idea! I feel like I'm attending a personalized TED talk every week." Semaa Amin, NU Accel Cohort of Autumn 2020
"A diverse and immersive community of students and facilitators, working together to develop and grow their knowledge and skillset." Austin Chen, NU Accel Cohort of Autumn 2020