Empowering PhDs to build impactful careers & engaged lives, wherever smart people are needed.

Attend our free webinars for career advice and job search support.

Our Vision

Our research shows that PhDs define career success as doing work that has a positive impact on society, keeps them intellectually engaged and inspired, and connects them to people and projects that matter to them. This kind of career and life can be found within academia, and far beyond it. And that’s why PhDs work everywhere, across all industries and sectors, contributing their talents and skills to benefit society.

Whether you aspire to work on the tenure track or are changing careers entirely after years of academic study, we’re here to help you. We have resources to support individuals and partner with institutions to help PhDs and grad students land jobs in: Industry, Non-Profit, Higher Education Administration, Faculty, and the Private Sector. 

Our Resources

Free Career Events

Every month, Beyond the Professoriate hosts free webinars and how-to seminars on launching your post-PhD career. Topics range from careers for PhDs to networking, job search strategies, graduate school success, and more. Presenters include Beyond the Professoriate founder and CEO L. Maren Wood, as well as PhD guest presenters from diverse career backgrounds.

Click below to learn more about our upcoming events and register.

Fundamentals of the Job Search Course

This course is for grad students and PhDs who want to leverage their education into fulfilling careers beyond the professoriate. In 8 weeks, we’ll walk you through our 4-step job search process and teach you how to you launch your next great career. If you’re ready to start exploring your career options and to learn proven job search strategies, let us help you take the uncertainty out of your job search.


Graduate students and PhDs who need career advice can schedule a phone consultation with co-founder of Beyond the Professoriate, L. Maren Wood, PhD.

For 7 years, Dr. Wood has specialized in helping PhDs and graduate students leave academia and forge new careers in industry, government, non-profit, and higher education administration. She has worked with PhDs from all academic disciplines.


Aurora, e-learning by Beyond the Professoriate

Aurora is available as an annual subscription to universities and professional organizations. Students access on-demand videos to explore career options and learn strategies for career success.  With over 70 hours of on-demand videos and featuring over 150 PhDs, Aurora is a one-of-a-kind resource. 


On Campus Workshops

Workshops are designed to empower students with the information and strategies they need to make informed career choices and use up-to-date job search strategies to find their next great career. We provide a range of workshops on exploring career options and preparing for career success beyond the professoriate.


Career Advice by PhDs, For PhDs

Our blog is strategy-oriented, featuring articles written by PhDs working beyond the professoriate. Transition Q&As profile PhDs who have successfully transitioned to exciting careers outside of academia. Recaps of our live webinars allow readers to catch up on what they’ve missed and learn tips and strategies from PhDs who are experts in their field. 


About Beyond the Professoriate

Beyond the Professoriate is a public benefit corporation with a mission to empower PhDs to build impactful careers and engaged lives, wherever smart people are needed. To do this, we provide career education and professional development to graduate students and PhDs in humanities, social sciences and STEM disciplines. We have services for individuals, and partner with institutions to support their efforts in preparing the next generation of PhDs for careers in academia and beyond. Learn more about our organization. 

Our programming features PhDs with successful careers who share their unique expertise and experiences to support graduate students in their job search and future employment. Beyond the Professoriate is career advice by PhDs, for PhDs.

Our team knows first-hand the challenges PhDs encounter when they leave academia for careers beyond the professoriate. Each of our team members has a PhD in the humanities, and our founder, L. Maren Wood has dedicated her career to helping graduate students and PhDs find success outside of academia.

Meet Our Team

L. Maren Wood, PhD
CEO & Founder
Malisa Kurtz, PhD
Digital Marketing Manager
Michelle Hulme-Lippert, PhD
Aurora Product Manager
Susan Joudrey, PhD
e-Learning Specialist

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Beyond the Professoriate
Denver, USA

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