Beyond the Tenure Track

Beyond the Tenure Track

Spring 2021 Events

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Events by Beyond the Professoriate

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Friday, Feb. 12 - How to Find a Job You'll Love

Registration required

Last year, Beyond the Professoriate conducted a survey of 3500 PhDs. We learned that the vast majority of PhDs fear that a non-academic job will be less rewarding and intellectually stimulating than being a professor. We know from our research that PhDs are able to forge meaningful and impactful careers in all industries and sectors.

Join L. Maren Wood, PhD in this webinar and learn how you can find a non-academic career where you will thrive, engage in meaningful work, and be connected to people and projects that matter to you.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Describe how non-academic careers provide intellectual and rewarding work for PhDs
  • Illustrate how values and motivators can be career hooks
  • Recognize the importance of identifying your Optimal Career Pathway

Friday, Feb. 26 - Four Things to Consider If You Want to Start a Business or Be a Freelancer

Registration required

Have you ever thought about working for yourself? Maybe you want to start your own business, or perhaps you’re thinking of being a solopreneur.

Join Beyond the Professoriate Founder L. Maren Wood, PhD, for this webinar on what every PhD should know about starting their own business or launching a career as a freelancer. After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify the difference between freelancing/solopreneurship and starting a business.
  • Recognize common mistakes people make when starting a business.
  • Develop strategies for launching your own successful start-up or career as a freelancer.

Friday, March 12 - Nonacademic Career Options for STEM PhDs

Registration required

What can grad students in STEM disciplines do with their PhD? Join L. Maren Wood, PhD (Founder of Beyond the Professoriate) as she talks to three PhDs about their career paths.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Articulate the routines and challenges of a STEM PhD working in industry
  • Identify common careers for STEM PhDs outside of academia
  • Apply networking strategies to assist in your industry job search.

Friday, March 26 - Nonacademic Career Options for Humanities & Social Science PhDs

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What can grad students in the Humanities and Social Sciences do with their PhD? Join L. Maren Wood, PhD (Founder of Beyond the Professoriate) as she talks to three Humanities and Social Science PhDs about their career paths.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify growing sectors for PhDs coming out of the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Coordinate successful networking with other professionals
  •  Recognize common challenges for Humanities and Social Science PhDs transitioning to non-academic careers.

Beyond the Professoriate Career Assessment

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Aurora by Beyond the Professoriate

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Aurora by Beyond the Professoriate offers on-demand video seminars to help graduate students across disciplines launch a successful non-faculty job search. Video seminars are taught by PhD experts working beyond the professoriate. Topics include career exploration, hiring and negotiating, and online job search strategies. Learning prompts help students apply this new knowledge to their own job search.

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Past events in this series

When possible, the Graduate School Office of Professional Development video records professional development events and posts them to our YouTube Channel. Below are two examples from the Beyond the Tenure Track series.

Successful Interviewing

Presented by Kristina Vack

How Graduate Students Can Build a Personal Brand

Presented by Don Stanley