NU Accel: Chart Your Path Forward

A six-week career intensive focused on the soft skills that open doors.

Led live online by industry experts and presented by Northeastern University — Silicon Valley.

Expert Career Guidance for Your Next Opportunity

This unique moment in time has created a job market that is full of opportunity. Whether you’re re-entering the workforce after time off, looking for a foothold in a new industry, or gearing up for advancement in your current field, now is the right time to take a strategic look at how you’re positioning yourself.

In this seven-week course, you’ll focus on the soft skills and practical planning that you can leverage to move your career forward. You’ll make a plan and learn how to execute it with confidence.

NU Accel is designed and delivered by business leaders from top companies like Salesforce and Google. They’ll share knowledge from their own climb up the ladder that will help you align your next opportunity with your ambitions.

  • Discover tools of influence
  • Build confidence
  • Design your career roadmap
  • Review interviewing best practices
  • Receive resumé and LinkedIn feedback

February 24 – April 7

$99 Program Fee
Weekly on Thursdays
5pm – 7pm PST | 8pm – 10pm EST

Class meetings are held live over Zoom

Instructors and Syllabus

Naeem Zafar

Naeem Zafar

Founder & CEO, Telesense
Faculty Member, University of California Berkeley and Northeastern University
Professor of the Practice, Brown University

Faculty Lead

  • The art of accelerating your career
  • Eight essential skills for advancement
  • Designing your career roadmap
Michael Rubin

Michael Rubin

Director of Engineering, Google


  • Job preparation for the 2022 market

Sophie Asher

International Program Manager, Coinbase


  • Demystifying sales and marketing for all functions
  • The role of company culture
Dr. Gary Katzenstein

Dr. Gary Katzenstein

Lecturer, University of California Davis and Rice University


  • Understanding leadership and influence in the workplace
Dr. Brian Strope

Dr. Brian Strope

Research Scientist previously at Google
Musician and composer


  • Acing job interviews
  • Selecting the right company

Northeastern Team

All students will receive expert feedback on the following tools of personal branding:


  • Resumé
  • LinkedIn profile
  • Presentation of career plan
"This class has been such a meaningful experience for me. This was what I needed to start making my dreams into actionable goals."
"For me the most important thing was the instructors who actually work in the industry, who are in the roles that I want to be one day."
"A diverse and immersive community of students and facilitators, working together to develop and grow their knowledge and skillset."

Presented by Northeastern University — Silicon Valley

Northeastern University is an internationally recognized institution known for its industry partnerships and experiential approach to research and academics. Its first campus in Boston was founded in 1898 and is one of the largest schools in the city. Since 2011, the university has been expanding its network with campuses in centers of global industry. Our two Bay Area campuses, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, offer a portfolio of tech-focused master’s degrees programs.

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Top 50 in National Universities

Top 20 in Most Innovative Schools

NU Accel is affordably priced for better access

Career coaching, leadership seminars, and mentor relationships are important resources that have measurable impacts on people’s professional trajectories. But in the midst of a pandemic that has stretched all of us thin, many lack either the financial freedom or the connections to pursue these traditional routes of advancement.

NU Accel is designed to guide you through the same steps of self-reflection and self-positioning, with the same effects on your career growth. We have chosen to offer this program at a deeply reduced price as part of our broader commitment to positive societal impact. If the $99 program fee is still a barrier for you, please contact us to discuss sliding scale options.