Mark Herschberg: Writing a Career Plan for Success

Mark Herschberg joins Jochem to talk about writing a career plan for success and what the key skills are for a 21st-century career. Mark is the author of The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You and he has been teaching for nearly twenty years at MIT’s “career success accelerator” program.

About Mark

Mark is the author of The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You. Educated at MIT, Mark has spent his career launching and fixing new ventures at startups, Fortune 500s, and academia. He’s developed new software languages, online marketplaces, new authentication systems, and tracked criminals and terrorists on the dark web. Mark helped create the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, MIT’s “Career Success Accelerator”, where he’s taught for twenty years. Mark also serves on the boards of non-profits Techie Youth and Plant a Million Corals. He was one of the top-ranked ballroom dancers in the country and now lives in New York City, where he is known for his social gatherings, including his annual Halloween party, as well as his diverse cufflink collection.

In this episode we talk about:

  • What made Mark change the way he looked at education.
  • How he recognized early on that no one ever taught him the essential skills for success.
  • The reason why Mark joined MIT’s “Career Success accelerator”.


Career planning:

  • How you can define and plan for a successful career and your dream job.
  • Core questions that lead you to plan a great career.
  • Mark’s biggest personal lesson in career planning.
    What are the elements to successfully follow up on your career plan.



  • How to easily reach out to people (offline & online)
  • Building a supportive network of people around you.


Personal branding:

  • The key ingredients to building a personal brand.
  • Tips to understanding how you are being perceived by others.



  • The difference between influential leadership and positional leadership

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