thrive - building a meaningful career

Thrive course

We know that many new public health and global health professionals (whether just out of school or having switched careers) face many challenges in their career development which can be very stressful and demotivating. 

Here at Alanda we have developed a course which will help you address these concerns and equip you for the next steps in your career.

Thrive provides you with a clear template for how to get clarity on your career options in Public and Global Health. You will also learn the smart ways to get the job you want and attract the right opportunities to you through strategic networking. We all have limited time, and the end of a degree is the busiest time of all. This course will help you figure out where to apply your efforts in career development and job hunting for the greatest return on investment.

Finding meaningful work where you are engaged and motivated is key for your personal and professional growth and it’s also critical to the Global and Public Health community. We need you to use your talents and skills at the right job to solve the myriad health challenges in this world. After the excitement of completing your thesis and obtaining your degree in Public or Global Health, it can all of a sudden feel daunting to figure out what is next in your career. You might be facing these or other similar challenges:

  • I don’t know what career options are out there, besides academia

  • I want to find meaningful work where I can make a real contribution, but I don’t know what that looks like. 

  • I’ve sent a lot of job applications and I never hear back – it’s discouraging 

  • I’m unsure of the value of my CV and skills, and my job hunting abilities. Why do I keep getting rejections?

  • I’m not clear on how to “build” a career, how to think long-term, and plan toward where I want to go instead of reactively looking for jobs. 

  • I’m not sure where to find new opportunities (jobs, training, courses, and other learning opportunities) within my field of work 

  • I feel like I really need guidance or a mentor in this journey.

  • I don’t know how to look for jobs apart from applying to job offers.

The Thrive course offers:

–        Webinars and group discussions, where you’ll hear from Public and Global Health professionals and share ideas with your peers
–        Video-based training modules that you can work through one by one each week, giving you the time to digest the content  
–        A workbook providing exercises and weekly challenges, in which you can take action directly after working through the videos
–        A closed community of peers, to get support and share your challenges 
–        And much more!

How much time does the course take?

You can of course go through all the materials in a single day if you prefer, as you’ll have access to everything from the day the course starts. 

However, we recommend working your way through the course over a 5 to 6-week period. Plan to spend 2-3 hours a week going through the material, reflecting on what you learned, carrying out the exercises and prompts, and connecting in the online community. 

We have aimed to set a realistic and sustainable pace – one that allows you to make meaningful progress while taking into consideration that you may be finishing your thesis, still having lectures, and potentially holding a job. 

How do course participants interact?

Course participants interact in our closed online community. Here you’ll have a chance to get to know other motivated and talented global and public health professionals who, like you, are committed to working on their career development and contributing to the world through meaningful work. 

An engaged Thrive community manager from Alanda keeps the group running, and Candela also interacts with participants online regularly. Here you can ask questions and give and receive support, advice, and share useful resources. It is also a great place to find the accountability and motivation you need to keep you on target to accomplish your job hunting and career development goals. And, who knows? Potentially a source of future common projects and meaningful friendships!



How to register

If you’re trying to figure out whether the course is the right fit for you, or you have any questions, send us an email at

We recommend that you do not join if you aren’t sure. Talk to us first. Research shows that people who are truly committed are more likely to do the work and thus will get better results – which is our goal. 

We recommend enrolling early as there are a limited number of seats per cohort

We look forward to welcoming you at Thrive

A testimonial of one of our Thrivers:
“I would definitely recommend this course to people switching careers/applying for jobs. I talked to a lot of my Master’s classmates about it. The basics of the course were really useful. I come from the medical field, so I was not aware of different fields of interest. It gave me a good feeling, getting an idea of the kind of organizations for instance, but also job titles out there. For me, it was/is not obvious. I like the flexible format of the course so that you can do it when you can and access it for a long time and go back to it in the future” – Yana Leven, MD