Your Next Move: Transitioning with Intention

How do you envision your 55+ life? Would you like to design your next chapter, making it one that reflects who you are, what’s important to you and how you wish to be in the world?

In this online course you will identify and clarify your desires, natural interests, talents and abilities. You’ll imagine possibilities, discover your “why” and create your own vision statement. You’ll also develop an exploration plan, laying the groundwork for your next move. Opportunities and challenges mean transition, so we will also examine the different phases of transition and discover the importance of mindset and navigating change.

Note: This course is delivered through two different websites: SFU’s Canvas and OneLifeTools. Students will have the opportunity to share and develop their plan and ideas with one another.

A $60 discount will be applied automatically for adults 55+.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Penny Freno $180.00 0 Join Waitlist

Schedule clarification: Online courses begin on the first date listed and end six days after the last date listed. In the week following each date listed, you can study that week’s material, leave and respond to messages, and engage in course activities. You can do this at any time that suits you during the week; you do not have to be online at specific times.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Synthesize key concepts about transition, mindset, navigating change and decision-making as well as demonstrate awareness of how these concepts apply to your own situation
  • Integrate information from reflecting on your ‘body of work’ into a holistic clarification sketch and vision statement
  • Articulate links between desires, interests, strengths and influences and future choices
  • Create an exploration plan to facilitate intentional decisions within the context of your own life

Learning methods

Self-directed, online activities including:

  • An online narrative assessment
  • Online forum
  • Individual quick write exercises
  • Readings, Ted Talks and other videos
  • Reflective essay (for certificate students only)


Week 1: Transition and Navigating Change

Week 2: Your Body of Work and Future Possibilities

Week 3: Chance and Lucky Breaks

Week 4: Intentional Exploration and Taking Action

Week 5: Choices and Choosing

Week 6: Future Stories and Moving Forward

Books, materials and resources

You will access reading material using SFU's online course management system, Canvas.

Hardware and software requirements

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas, and OneLifeTools. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here. Information about OneLifeTools (including login details) will be provided by your instructor after the course begins.

To get the most out of the online course, you should be comfortable using everyday software such as browsers, email and social media.  

Academic integrity and student conduct

You are expected to comply with Simon Fraser University’s Academic Integrity and Student Conduct Policies. Please click here for more details. Simon Fraser University is committed to creating a scholarly community characterized by honesty, civility, diversity, free inquiry, mutual respect, individual safety, and freedom from harassment and discrimination.

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