Career Exploration Course

Are you exhausted by the guesswork and uncertainty of the nonacademic job search?

Would you believe that you are a viable candidate for well paying jobs with the skills you already have?

Options4Success is a master class for graduate students and PhDs seeking careers in nonac industries. Identify your nonacademic career options, inventory your transferable skills, market yourself to prospective employers, and land a job you’ll love.

The world of nonacademic careers can be daunting, especially when you’re used to the more structured path that most academics are trained for. Unlike the professoriate, nonacademic careers aren’t limited by a single career path, a single industry, set hiring cycles, or geography. It’s exactly the opposite.


Why I Created This Course

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As a Ph.D. who has helped hundreds of graduate students, postdocs, and faculty of all disciplines transition to meaningful, well-paying jobs in business, government, and nonprofit agencies, I can help you streamline the nonacademic job search and prepare for the job you want. Absolutely nothing about the Ph.D. process prepares you to find a career outside of the academy, which means that you probably have no idea how to navigate the mainstream job market.

That’s why I created the Options4Success course — to give academics like you a step-by-step guide to exploring their career options so that they can make a great living doing meaningful work. I have personally used the skills I teach in Options4Success to land lucrative jobs working with Fortune 500 companies, large non-profits, and national foundations. More importantly, I’ve helped academics just like you leverage academic skills to attract top recruiters and land ACTUAL job offers.

I was starting to feel overwhelmed and unsure of my capabilities. I landed multiple interviews and my first job within just a couple of months of working with Dr. Fatimah!

Shanta W., MPH and Ph.D. in Microbiology, Program Director - International Health Policy, Washington, DC.

Options4Success is a master class that will not only give you confidence during your job search but action steps to help you identify, leverage and promote your unique skills to find a job you’ll love. I’ll show you all the methods that I use in one-on-one coaching sessions and workshops I conduct at Fortune 500 companies and Ivy League Schools. I’ll give you a window into how employers view PhD applicants, and I’ll show you how to keep your mind, body, and Spirit up for the challenge of changing careers.

The Everything Resume™

photo-1473492201326-7c01dd2e596b-1The CV to resume conversion can be the most difficult task for academics transitioning to careers outside the academy. So, this is the part that you’ll really get excited about. As a part of this course, I’m sharing my Everything Resume technique – an over $400 value – absolutely FREE. I’ll show you how to take an inventory of all your skills, accomplishments, leadership and education. You’ll have all of the information you need to create a tailored resume for your job search.

Options4Success is a master class of graduate students, postdocs, and faculty transitioning to nonacademic careers. This on-demand, self-paced course comes complete with six audio modules, a workbook with over 50 pages of action sheets, templates, and networking scripts, and actionable steps to help you land your first nonacademic job

Module One

Make the Time and Space to Start

What You Will Learn:

How do you make the time to explore new careers and to change jobs while managing all of your other priorities — especially if you’re still working? In the first module, I’ll give you practical strategies and actionable tips to create time and space for your job search and career exploration.

Module Two


What You Will Learn:

Before you can chart a new career path, you have to get in touch with who you are and bring clarity and confidence around your vision. In Module 2, I help you determine your personal definition of success – not your friends’, your department’s and your advisor’s definition.

Module Three


What You Will Learn:

Find out what topics and ways of working energize you, while discovering the type of environment that you need in order to thrive. This self-exploration session helps you cut through your career options and gives you the career development information you need to define a path that works for you.

Module Four


What You Will Learn:

In this session, I’ll help you match your skills with your interests, and identify target careers that you can seek in the nonacademic job market. Identify the skills you’ve developed in the academy that are also valuable in other sectors, and learn what skills employers value in their preferred job candidates and you how you can make the best first impression.

Module Five


What You Will Learn

I show you how to identify job titles and positions that align with your goals, values, and work preferences. This module features a list of core nonacademic career fields with positions in the social sciences, humanities, and STEM fields. You learn how to access social-professional events that will maximize your networking potential.

Module Six


What You Will Learn:

After doing the research to get acquainted with the job landscape and to hone in on career paths that resonate with you, it will finally be time to take your research offline and in person. In this final module, I give you networking scripts to start conversations and show you how to meet key people in person and online to find the job you want.

The Bonuses

BeBoldIt can be hard to stay confident and motivated throughout your job search, so I’ve decided to add in some BONUSES to keep you encouraged on your journey beyond the tenure track.  When you register, you’ll get all of your audio modules, your 50+ page workbook, the Everything Resume kit  PLUS:

  • Free PDF download of my new book – Be Bold: Launch Your Job Search and Career Change with Confidence
  • Free audio download of 30 daily affirmations, the companion to my new book Be Bold

What Others Are Saying

The work you do is key, transitioning between academia and the nonacademic world. [Options4Success] helped me get my head around this transition and gave me real strategies to help me get familiar with a whole new field.
Ray M., Ph.D., Sociology
I came to Fatimah disillusioned with academia after five years in a Ph.D. program with no idea how to start looking for other career paths. I wondered what my value might be, and was stuck not knowing how to approach an industry job search. Her advice netted me a $3k salary gain on top of an already comfy offer.
Hilary P., Ph.D., Linguistics. Data Scientist - Major Northeast Telecommunications Company
Options4Success is a wonderful program which helped me streamline my process for applying to particular positions that fit my interests. I secured a teaching position at an independent school, by expanding my networking and receiving encouragement from other participants.
Arika E., Ph.D., History. Educator and Administrator -- Top Tier Independent School.


Upon purchase, you receive a Welcome Message and your first program module from your coach Dr. Fatimah. Program materials are delivered straight to your inbox. 
Each module comes with an audio lecture (MP3) and a workbook (PDF). Each week for the six weeks of the course, you receive a module, sent directly to your inbox. You can download your modules to your computer, smart phone, tablet or other mobile device. Our goal is to provide you with the information you need in a way that fits your busy schedule.
Absolutely. You will get access to all 6 course modules at once. We understand that you’re busy, things come up, and you may have to take a break. 

That’s why if you’re writing your dissertation, teaching a heavy course load, or dealing with any big life events, you don’t have to worry about “falling behind.” The course materials are yours to keep. You can revisit and review them at any time.  

Sometimes we’d like a little individualized support to make our goals a reality and to implement what we’ve learned. Sign up for a 1:1 career coaching session to create a tailored career exploration strategy and job search strategy. Sessions are 45 minutes. Select O4S Plus 1:1 Coaching session below.

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