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jobsMore than 350 people have graduate from the Master’s program. Another 500+ have graduated from our weeklong certificate program. And 8 have graduate from our recently established four-course Graduate Certificate. Our alums are spread throughout big companies (AT&T, IBM, Lockheed Martin,), foresight consultancies (Fast Future, Foresight Alliance, Futures Company), entrepreneurships (Musical Health Technologies, Refactor U) and non-profits (Acceleration Studies Foundation, Unicef, World Economic Forum).

A striking finding from a 2015 survey by then-student and now-alum Fatema Tuz Zohra was that 95% of Houston Foresight alums surveyed agreed that “The foresight program has changed my thinking and positively influenced my life.” Another interesting finding was that 32% of respondents said they “got employed because of their foresight degree.” Basically, one in three students. This fits with a previous segmentation analysis of students suggesting that roughly 3/4ths to 1/3rd of students come to us as established professionals, and 1/4th to 1/3rd are new professionals — looking to establish careers as futurists. The established pros are typically either looking to “futurize” their current position and organization, or to branch out into something new involving foresight. Since they are established, the Foresight degree doesn’t typically led to a new job for these “futurizers” but it sometimes does for those looking to branch out.

We asked the alums to provide advice and thoughts about the program to current and prospective students.  

  • “The best part of the program is questioning your assumptions and broadening your thinking, which will set you apart from others.”
  • “We need to create our own jobs because it’s like we talk about the future but live in the past with the effort of blending into already established roles.”
  • “It’s a great mind-blowing program.”
  • “It’s never the degree; it’s how you use it.”
  • “My experience in school was that there were a lot of opportunities to show up and network and raise my hand/volunteer with projects where I got more experience and got in other futurists’ networks. The key to getting a job in this field is networking.”
  • “The program opens up ways of thinking, new horizons. While I am a very imaginative and creative person, there were things I did not consider before.”
Natasha Vita-More

Emily Empel

Jim Lee

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