Keynote Address: 5 Steps to Jumpstart Your Career Beyond Academia

by Beyond Academia at UCSB

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Mon, Apr 11, 2022

9 AM – 10 AM PDT (GMT-7)

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Academics have many professional career options but often struggle to seamlessly translate their degrees and academic experience into successful careers beyond academia. In this keynote, Dr. Fatimah Williams, founder of Beyond the Tenure Track, will teach you five steps to transition from graduate school to career using her Options for Success framework. She will also share career transition case studies of PhDs from diverse disciplines who have used Options for Success to launch well-paying, intellectually-stimulating careers. Gain the inspiration and strategies you need to confidently pursue and secure the career of your choice.


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Beyond the Tenure Track

Dr. Fatimah Williams is the founder of Beyond the Tenure Track and creator of The Genius Retreat, a goal-setting experience to help high achievers enjoy productivity without burnout. As a global speaker and leadership coach, her professional development guidance has been featured in Essence Magazine, LMCTV-New York, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, Scientific American, and University Affairs. Dr. Williams holds a doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from Rutgers University and bachelor’s degrees in Foreign Affairs and African American Studies from the University of Virginia. She is the author of two books: the Professional Pathways Planner and Be Bold: Launch Your Job Search or Career Change with Confidence. She is a board member of the University of Virginia Alumni Association and advisory council member of the Zimmerli Art Museum. She enjoys walks with her rescue pup Rey. 

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