Empowering PhDs to build meaningful careers. explore career options. leverage their education.




Reached by Beyond Prof products & services since 2017


Hours of training delivered to doctoral students and postdocs every year


Of platform users found structured programming helpful


Subscribing partners across the U.S. and Canada

Beyond the Professoriate is the only online professional development training platform for graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and PhDs that helps them successfully transition into academic or nonacademic careers. This research-driven platform is informed by nearly a decade of experience supporting PhDs to launch new careers with their skills and training.

Trusted by over 50 institutions (and growing), Beyond Prof’s Career Training Platform helps grad students and PhDs leverage their education into meaningful careers, whether in academia or beyond the professoriate.

PhDs are struggling to launch meaningful careers

Doctoral students pursue advanced degrees to build ACADEMIC careers. Yet most will end up in nonacademic positions.

53% worry that work & life will have less meaning outside academia.

89% cannot identify their value for nonacademic careers.

34% of PhDs are underemployed.

When PhDs struggle on the job search and fail to land a meaningful career in academic or beyond, they blame their degree and institution.

But it’s not their education that’s failing them; it’s their lack of job search strategy. They don’t know how to conduct a successful job search and they aren’t finding the support they need.

"It's not their education that's failing them;
it's their lack of job search strategy."


The reputation of an institution and, in turn, its long-term financial stability are directly connected to alumni career success.

PhDs and graduate students need support leveraging their education into career paths they value.

 That’s why we partner with 50+ institutions, to provide scalable, research-driven career resources designed for the unique needs and demands of graduate students.

Learn more about Beyond Prof's
Career Training Platform

Through our digital platforms, we provide scalable, research-driven career training designed for the unique needs and demands of graduate students.

Beyond Prof’s Career Training Platform helps PhDs explore career options; discover their values and articulate their skillslearn job search strategies through structured curriculum; and secure employment in their field of interest.

What's new at Beyond Prof?

Open to Individuals

You can now access our Career Training Platform as an individual subscriber. Don't forget to check if your institution has access first!

Latest Episode on the Podcast

Listen and subscribe to "Job Search the Smart Way." Get tips and strategies for embarking on the next great phase of your career with confidence.

Select Trainings

Review our latest how-to seminars and trainings on job searching.

On Campus Workshops

Looking for a knowledgeable expert to lead workshops for graduate students and postdocs on the non-faculty job search? Bring Beyond Prof programming to your campus.

Our Platforms

Are you admin, staff, or faculty interested in our resources for your students? Learn more about our online Career Training Platforms for master's students and PhDs.

Career Assessment

Take this quiz to find out the 3 steps you should take next in your job search... even if you're not sure what job you want or what your career options are.

Our alumni are the real heroes.

Thank you again for the "office hours" opportunity and the advice you provided me about the job search back in Aug. as part of my Beyond Prof membership. I wanted to share the good news that I have landed a full-time non-ac role as a Development Researcher at *********, starting right after Thanksgiving. I actually ended up having 3 offers and was able to leverage them for a higher starting salary, which was awesome. I know my ability to make this transition so quickly was due to the resources and advice provided by Beyond the Prof.
PhD, English Literature
Development Researcher
I knew there were options for someone with a Cognitive Science PhD, and I had internships during grad school. However, I still wanted to know what else was out there. I followed your tips for thinking about what types of things I enjoyed about grad school... I followed your tips for informational interviews. I followed your tips for reading myself into my field of interest... I am now 6 months into [a job at a scientific and technical consulting firm]... and I am always amazed about how it all came together. Thank you for creating Beyond the Prof.
PhD, Cognitive Science
Human Factors Scientist
My journey from a scared, anxious, imposter-syndrome-ridden visiting faculty member to a much more confident enthusiastic user experience research would not have been possible without Maren’s expert advice and recommendations; supportive but honest feedback; tailored training on translating my skills and experiences into industry language and documents…. and much, much more.

Thanks to Maren, I've found a job and career field in which I'm constantly challenged ad learning, I'm more fairly compensated, and I'm empowered by the plethora of professional opportunities.

If you're considering careers outside academia, I can't imagine anyone better suited to coach and equip you for that transition than Maren.
PhD, Spanish & Latin American Cultural Studies
UX Researcher
I cannot emphasize enough how valuable the resources from Beyond Prof are. I am so grateful my university has an institutional membership I was able to use during my program.
Current platform user
I have attended many of Beyond the Prof's webinars and classes and I am very grateful for your service... I finished my post-doc this week and am starting my career in industry as a Medical Writer next week. I have been recommending Beyond the Prof to all my academic colleagues as I believe your programming was extremely helpful along my path to a job in industry.
PhD, Muscle Physiology
Medical Wrtier
I wanted to drop a quick note of thanks to the BtP team. After attending the virtual conference this spring, I felt like I had the perspective I needed to move from humanities scholarship into the "regular world".

I finished the fall term as a contingent faculty member, but have started the new year in a writing and research position with an executive search firm. I am massively grateful for the perspective I gained through BtP. Thanks, all.
PhD, Theological and Religious Studies
Content Marketing Manager
After many years in academia I'm starting a new industry job tomorrow! I just wanted to send a thank-you for your and Beyond the Professoriate’s help to get there. I’ve attended your webinars, talked to you on the phone, I did informational interviews and I worked on my resume... Without these steps I don’t think I would have had the courage and the right tools to actually leave academia.
As of tomorrow, I’ll be Associate Director of ******** at a pharmaceutical company. To be honest, with a PhD in Psycholinguistics that isn’t something I would have imagined…
PhD, Psycholinguistics
Associate Director
Even though I am seeking an academic job, the rich information and resources presented in today's presentation gave me hope for what else lies beyond the professoriate. I will definitely listen to the interviews of PhD-holders with various careers, and I am interested in thinking about alternative job options, if my professorial path does not materialize. Thanks for your honesty and data about the job market.
Current platform user

About Beyond the Professoriate

Beyond the Professoriate’s mission is 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. Learn more about our organization, and meet our team here.

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