Partnering with universities to scale career and professional development to meet the needs of all graduate students.


Graduate students & PhDs connected to tailored career support


Hours of training delivered to doctoral students and postdocs every year


Of platform users found structured programming helpful


Partner institutions subscribe to Beyond Prof & Beyond Graduate School

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 60 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.

65+ Partner Institutions subscribe to Beyond Prof or Beyond Graduate School

American Academy of Religion
Arizona State University
Augusta University
Boston College
Brandeis University (Public Policy)
Case Western Reserve University
Catawba College
Columbia University (Postdocs)
Duke University
Emory University
Florida International University
Florida State University
Harvard University
Illinois State University
Michigan State University
Missouri State University

New York University
Northwestern University
Oklahoma State University
Oregon State University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Rutgers University – Newark
Southern Methodist University
Syracuse University
Tarleton State University
The American University in Rome
The Ohio State University
University at Buffalo
University of Alabama
University of California – Irvine

University of California – Santa Cruz
University of Pennsylvania
University of Florida
Northern Illinois University
University of Hawaii
University of Iowa
University of Georgia
University of Guelph (Canada)
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Massachusetts – Amherst
University of Maryland – College Park
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
University of Nebraska Medical Center
University of New Hampshire

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
University of Saskatchewan (Canada)
University of South Dakota
University of Texas – Austin
University of Texas – Dallas
University of Vermont
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Van Andel Institute
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Commonwealth University
William & Mary
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
York University (Canada)

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 65+ 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.

How students are leveraging our platform

I appreciate the structured, detailed, and realistic course and webinar design of Beyond the Prof. I feel that the nebulous world of post-PhD networking and job searching is broken down into logical and manageable steps and translated into the language of PhD students so that we know that we are capable of entering the job market confidently and with the preparation needed. I really appreciate the services that are offered by Beyond the Prof, as well as the thoughtfulness and diligence that is put into all of the courses, webinars, and guides by Maren et al.
Current platform user
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... 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
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 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
"The resources for finding non-academic jobs have been so helpful! I haven't be able to find anything like this at my university (neither my postdoc institution nor my masters/PhD university).

Having a PhD and looking for jobs outside of academia feels quite niche, and the resources provided--especially the modules on finding your optimal career pathway and identifying your transferable skills into non-academic positions. I've raved about this module to many other postdocs and graduate students; it has been so helpful, beyond any other resources I've encountered thus far."
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
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
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

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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