11th Annual Online Career Conference for PhDs

May 6th - 10th, 2024 | 12 - 12:45 PM ET

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After years of being successful in academia, it can be daunting and overwhelming to launch a professional job search. If you’re exploring career options, ready to launch a non-academic job search, or are in the midst of job searching right now, this conference is for you. 

Beyond Prof’s online career conference is designed to help PhDs like you quickly learn how to build a foundation for your job search strategy.

Join us May 6th through May 10th for a week of webinars, each designed to show doctoral students and postdocs what it takes to successfully build a nonacademic career as a PhD.

    • May 6th: What employers actually value about your degree
    • May 7th: How to write a resume
    • May 8th: How to network when you don’t have a network
    • May 9th: Using LinkedIn in your job search
    • May 10th: How to find jobs that will give you stability (See the full program overview below.)

When: May 6th – 10th, from 12 – 12:45pm ET daily.

Where: Online via Zoom webinar. Replays available for registrants.

Who: If you’re exploring career options, are ready to launch a non-academic job search, or are in the midst of job searching right now, this conference is for you.

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Program Overview

May 6th: What employers actually value about your degree with L. Maren Wood, PhD (CEO & Director, The Center for Graduate Career Success)

In this webinar, Beyond the Prof’s founder, Dr. Maren Wood, will explain how the priorities of non-academic employers differ from those of academic employers. You’ll learn how to translate your academic work experience into the language of employers so that you can communicate your value at each step of the job search process.

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May 7th: How to write a resume with Diane Sepa-Kishi, PhD (Business Manager, The Center for Graduate Career Success)

CVs and resumes are different documents, with different audiences, content, and purposes. In this webinar, Dr. Diane Sepa-Kishi will explain the differences between a CV and a resume and provide strategies you can use to write a resume that will actually get read by a hiring manager.

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May 8th: How to network when you don’t have a network with Malisa Kurtz, PhD (Digital Marketing Strategist, The Center for Graduate Career Success)

Studies suggest that up to 85% of jobs are filled by referrals. But what if you don’t have a network outside of academia? In this webinar you’ll learn how to build and grow a professional network in a new career field.

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May 9th: Using LinkedIn in your job search with Susan Joudrey, PhD (Learner Engagement Specialist, The Center for Graduate Career Success)

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to get the most out of LinkedIn during different stages of your job search. Dr. Susan Joudrey will walk you through how to communicate who you are as a professional, where you’re going next in your career, and your value to nonacademic employers. 

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May 10th: How to find jobs that will give you stability with L. Maren Wood, PhD (CEO & Director, The Center for Graduate Career Success)

Job searching is a tough, time-consuming process no matter when you’re doing it. But launching a job search at a time when the headlines seem filled with news of tech-sector layoffs and staff reductions can be especially stressful. In our final webinar of the conference, you’ll learn how to find jobs and build career security during uncertain times.

What Past Attendees Have Said

“I walked away from this conference feeling both hopeful about future prospects and much more confident about my ability to succeed outside of academia. “

“Thank you to the entire Beyond Prof team for turning my non-faculty job search upside down, for the better! I move forward from the conference feeling connected, empowered, and very well-equipped to explore different career options outside of academia. “

“These sessions confirmed things I was doing correctly and provided lots of new ideas to expand my ability to successfully navigate the job market outside of academia. Each speaker brought a different perspective and their willingness to be candid about their own stories made these sessions very down to earth and the speakers’ stories easy to relate to. “

“I love the fact that your panelists discussed a wide range of employment opportunities and career paths in the United States as well as Canada. And I would highly recommend this for ALL PhD students who are considering career options outside of academia.”

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