Seventeen participants in the Michigan Shifting Gears program will celebrate completion of the career transition program Thursday, June 30 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Guardian Building, 500 Griswold, Detroit.

The graduation celebration will be hosted by Tech Town, Wayne State University’s technology park, in conjunction with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Sensei Change Associates.

Michigan Shifting Gears seeks highly skilled and talented professionals who want to increase their effectiveness and capabilities for the dynamic environment of small business. The four-month program’s results are impressive: 35 percent of participants land new jobs within three months, 55 percent land positions within six months, and 80 percent find work within nine or more months.

During the course of the innovative program, participants receive a career transformation assessment and professional career coaching, attend eight days of workshops, learn the differences between the old and new economies, attend peer networking events, participate in mock job interviews and resume reviews, and complete a three-day small business simulation. Each participant is also assigned a volunteer mentor from the business community and is required to complete an 80-hour pro bono internship with a start-up business. Mentors work one-on-one with participants to provide feedback on the career development process, improving small business skills and communicating effectively during the hiring process.

“Shifting Gears helps executives from large corporations transfer their skill sets to new opportunities,” said Entrepreneurial Talent Champion Faris Alami, who organizes the Shifting Gears program at TechTown. “It helps them find the jobs in our new economy and gives them powerful career development tools.”

MEDC CEO describes the benefits of Shifting Gears in the following video:

TechTown regularly holds free information sessions and Webinars on Shifting Gears. Participation in either is mandatory to apply for acceptance into the Shifting Gears program.  To learn more visit


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