A career coaching company

We are a Washington D.C. based career strategy and coaching company with clients across the globe from the U.K and Switzerland to China and India, as well as of course, the United States. We work closely with universities, helping undergraduate and graduate students in their career journey.  Our career planning, job application help, interview prep, and other services help our clients and students land some pretty great jobs.  This is their success, not ours; we are just glad to have been a part of this journey.

In our 2015-2016 school year we coached close to 900+ MBA, Masters, and undergraduate students, in addition to our regular young professionals and career switchers, conducting a total of 1,272 career coaching and job search appointments. 

We understand the business.  And we recognize the 'high-touch', targeted prep that is needed for success. An investment banking resume is very different to a strategy consulting resume. The interview process for a corporate sales job is very different to the interview process to join the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service.  We prepare candidates to the highest possible standards to get the top 1% of jobs across as many industries as possible.  

We cover accounting, corporate finance, investment banking, sales and trading, private equity/VC, commercial banking, investment management, asset management, strategy consulting, tech consulting, technology sales, product management, software engineering, general management, sales, marketing, operations, supply chain, research and policy, and international development. 

We’re best known for our combination of left brain analysis and right brain intuition. The #Monday! campaign is a good example; it's meant to inspire and entertain you on Monday morning, but also give you pragmatic hands-on tools to ace your job search or takes steps to progress in your current career.  This newsletter now has over 4000+ subscribers, many are Careerly alums who've gone on to great careers but love to stay in touch and spread the word to their friends. 

We created a YouTube channel that now has over 2.2 million views and close to 14,000 subscribers.  We are published in Fast CompanyBusiness Insider, and the Wharton Blog Network.  We live-stream career webinars every other Monday to a global audience.  

Industry experience

The Careerly difference is that we have industry experience -> this is what we draw on to coach our clients. Our small group of coaches are directly from industry. We have had previous careers in finance, banking, consulting, marketing, sales, operations, supply chain, international development, and non-profit. Coaching, counseling, and mentoring others is a passion and natural talent, if you will, that sits as a layer on top of the valuable industry experience we put to use on behalf of our clients. 

We are skilled at working with a pretty diverse cross-section of clients, from undergraduates to graduates of the world's top schools (in particular MBAs) to mid-career professionals seeking a significant career change. We have successfully helped clients in a wide range of industry verticals and functional roles. But really, we exist to help you understand your own ambition, and match your natural gifts, talents, and skills to what the world needs and what the market will pay for. We want a more rewarding and fulfilling career experience for everyone.

Hira Fernando, founder and principal


  • B.Sc (Econ) Government and Law, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
  • LLM (International Business Law), London School of Economics, United Kingdom
  • MBA (Strategic Management), the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A

Industry Experience

  • Banking and finance: Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Lehman Brothers
  • International development: the World Bank, the World Resources Institute
  • Research: AMR Research, Gartner Inc

Coaching experience

  • Founder at Careerly, a career strategy and coaching service
  • Corporate Functions and Finance Coach, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
  • Finance and International Coach, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
  • Career Development Program Advisor and Career Course Instructor, School of Business and Economics, CUA
  • Global mindset + languages: English, French, Singhalese






  • BA Fine Arts and Art History, Minor in Religon, Columbian School of Arts and Sciences, The George Washington University, U.S.A.
  • MBA, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Industry Experience

  • Market Research
  • Operations
  • Consulting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Higher Education

Coaching Experience

  • VP of Operations and Senior Coach at Careerly, a career strategy and coaching service
  • Career Development Program Advisor and Career Course Instructor, Busch School of Business and Economics, CUA

Industry Experience

 Olivier Rochedreux will start as a Senior Associate in the Advisory Services practice at EY, upon graduating from his MBA degree. Olivier has 4 years of experience advising leadership on strategic initiatives, operations improvements, and financial modeling for the finance organization of a market-leading European consulting firm. He has also led cross-functional teams and effectively managed teams in North America, Europe (France, Italy, and U.K.), and India.

Coaching experience

In the months January to June 2017 Olivier will serve as a Consulting Industry Expert Coach for Careerly students at our partnership schools.

Olivier is the President of the Georgetown Consulting Club (GCC), and one of the few students who earned a case interview certification in 2015 from Marc Cosentino, the world’s foremost authority on case interviewing. Olivier was also the recipient of the Engaged Alumni of the Year Award (2015) for outstanding contribution to the alumni network by coaching students at his undergraduate institution, EDHEC Business School.

As a consulting coach Olivier has completed 120 hours of coaching with 70% being case interviews and 30% being general coaching and behavioral interviews. As a part of his own recruiting experience, as an interviewee, he practiced 130 cases! He got interviews with McKinsey, EY, PwC, and Deloitte, eventually selecting EY. 

 Industry Experience

Mariam Nek has 5 years of experience in the nonprofit sector in various capacities, including one-on-one client coaching, project management, operations, and marketing/fundraising. She started working with Friendship Place’s AimHire Job Placement Program as a full-time intern and was soon promoted to Program Supervisor, where she manages a team of 4 full-time staff and 20 pro-bono coaching and job advice professionals to provide career coaching and job placement to disadvantaged populations in the DMV area. While at Friendship Place, Mariam built the AimHire program from a $120,000, 100% privately funded program to a close to a $1 million nationally recognized program. This involved designing broad strategic goals and implementing several sub-programs, as well as analyzing data and trends to see how best to scale and serve as many participants as possible.

Coaching Experience

Mariam has coached over 250 clients in the past 5 years, having placed 150 clients in jobs in various industries including nonprofit, healthcare, and hospitality. Coaching services included resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills and personal branding, interview follow-up, salary negotiation, new hire guidelines, and workplace etiquette. She has trained 10 staff and volunteer career coaches that have together provided career services to 1000+ people and placed 500 in employment. Mariam's strength as a coach in the ability to be both a kind listener and guide, while also having the personality to be assertive and next-steps focused for the benefit of the client.