PROFESSIONAL PATHWAYS PLANNER
Do You Struggle to Stay on Track and Manage the Demands of Academic Life — all while having a Life?
Allow me to introduce you to The Professional Pathways Planner, a 12-month strategic goal setting and planning tool that will help you to think holistically about your academic experience.
This interactive guide has been designed to help you balance program requirements, career development and professional relationship building all while cultivating a strong sense of well-being in your personal life.
The Professional Pathways Planner acts as a personalized mentor, one that supports you step-by-step, on your journey to achieving success in academia and beyond.
A Sneak Peak Into Your Sample Planner Pages
What Planner Users are Saying:
“The Professional Pathways Planner is uniquely crafted with graduate students in mind, focusing on key needs, challenges and barriers to success. It is a special tool that can help catapult students in designing careers filled with meaning and purpose. I believe this planner is a particularly useful and rare resource that can help first-generation graduate students like me gain the cultural, social and economic capital needed in navigating academic life and careers. he Professional Pathways Planner also highlights the key role of health and well-being. I hope to see it become a staple resource in graduate school programs across the country.”
The Professional Pathways Planner takes a holistic approach instead of compartmentalizing personal life and professional life. It captures the big picture that most faculty members are holding in their heads and helps them get it into a planning process and onto paper.
The workshop introduces a personal strategic planning methodology and walks participants through the planner resource. I love that we can provide our program participants with copies of the planner instead of relying on workshop handouts. This way our faculty development workshop participants can continue to use what they learned in the workshop even after it is over.
The Professional Pathways Planner is truly a pragmatic solution for organizing academic life and academic projects. It’s like having a coach with you each week and semester as you set your goals.
About the Author
Fatimah Williams, Ph.D. is the CEO of Beyond the Tenure Track, a professional development and career-planning firm that prepares graduate students, faculty, and PhDs for leadership roles and high-quality careers. As a global speaker and coach, her professional development guidance has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, Scientific American, University Affairs, numerous podcasts, and her book Be Bold: Launch Your Job Search or Career Change with Confidence. She has been an invited speaker at leading conferences such as the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools and the 69th Annual Meeting of the Association of Graduation Schools, the constituent group of graduate deans of the Association of American Universities.
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. Awarded the nationally competitive Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2011, Dr. Williams has published scholarship in the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Latin American Perspectives, and Anthropology Now. She is the recipient of scholarly awards, including the Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellowship, New Jersey Minority Academic Career Fellowship, and Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (honorable mention), and is an alumna of The Philips Academy Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers.
Dr. Williams served as chair of the Workshops Committee of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology for three years and is a past member of the Graduate Career Consortium and the National Postdoctoral Association. Additionally, she is a former Associate Director of Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Advising at the University of Pennsylvania Career Services. Dr. Williams is a graduate of the Rutgers Business School Entrepreneurship Pioneer Initiative, a nine-month business accelerator.
When she’s not speaking or writing, she’s probably at the gym or on her way to grab an ice cream cone.