Career Advice
By PhDs, For PhDs

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

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.

For Individuals

The Online Career Hub for PhDs

Our Community is for all graduate students and PhDs, regardless of your current career path. Join a supportive and encouraging community, build relationships with like-minded people, and access resources to help your job search including webinars, courses, live discussions, and on-demand videos.

Additional Resources

Check-out our upcoming events. We host monthly webinars featuring career advice by PhDs, for PhDs. Our webinars teach community members how to successfully find careers in academia and beyond the professoriate.

Advice from PhDs working beyond the professoriate on how you can find your next-great career. Transition Q&As profile PhDs who have successfully transitioned from academia. Recaps of our Community events allow readers to catch up on what they’ve missed.

For Institutions

Students access on-demand videos to explore career options and learn strategies for career success beyond the professoriate. Available to universities & academic professional associations as an annual subscription.

Bring co-founders Jennifer Polk, PhD, and L. Maren Wood, PhD, to your campus. We provide a range of workshops on exploring career options and preparing for career success beyond the professoriate.

Our Research & Innovation series features presentations by faculty, senior leadership and administrators, as well as researchers from academic professional associations. Presenters share their research about career pathways for PhDs, and discuss innovative programs on their campuses that support graduate student career diversity. 

About Beyond the Professoriate

We are 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.

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.

Co-founders Jennifer Polk, PhD (history, University of Toronto), and L. Maren Wood, PhD (history, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), possess first-hand knowledge of the challenges PhDs encounter when they leave academia for careers beyond the professoriate. Maren and Jen have dedicated their careers to helping graduate students and PhDs find success outside of academia.

Beyond the Professoriate runs a blog series for University Affairs and publishes in Inside Higher Ed.

Connect with Jen and Maren on Twitter and LinkedIn, and join them in the Beyond the Professoriate Community.

Meet Our Team

Jennifer Polk, PhD
L. Maren Wood, PhD
Susan Joudrey, PhD
Director of Marketing & Communications
Meghan Lundrigan (PhD Candidate)
Community Manager

Learn More About Our Founders

PhD Career Interview with Beyond the Professoriate Co-Founder L. Maren Wood, PhD.  Maren earned her PhD in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

PhD Career Interview with Beyond the Professoriate Co-Founder Jennifer Polk, PhD. Jennifer earned her PhD in History from the University of Toronto.

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