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

AURORA is the only online professional development training platform for graduate students, postdocs, and PhDs that helps them successfully transition into academic or nonacademic career paths. 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 30 institutions (and growing), Aurora is a professional development e-learning platform where postdocs and graduate students can explore career options and learn job search strategies to secure employment in academia and beyond.

How does Aurora work?

Aurora is an e-learning platform that you can access with your institutional login information. Simply visit, choose your school, and login to start exploring.

There are 2 programs of study to help students learn successful job search strategies including: 1) the Academic Careers Pathway program; and 2) the Professional Careers Pathway program.

Aurora also hosts a one-of-a-kind video library where students can watch interviews with PhDs working in all sectors: academia, government, higher education administration, industry, and non-profits. 

Aurora’s unique curriculum is designed by learning specialists and experts in career development. Our 4-stage programming is research driven and proven to support PhDs in exploring meaningful nonacademic careers.

And the great news is, your students and postdocs already have access!*

*Note: some institutions limit access to Aurora to just students and postdocs. Please email us at if you would like to see inside Aurora.

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After completing programming in Aurora users will have:


Confidence in Their Chosen
Career Path

and forever solved the problem of “What can I do with my PhD?” Students will learn how to leverage their education into a new career pathway, so that they can get paid for their skills and experience.


The Foundational Framework to Successful Career Transitions

Aurora takes the guesswork out of the job search process. Students learn the step-by-step process of a successful job search — whether in academia or beyond. These research-driven strategies help PhDs avoid common mistakes in failed job searches.


The Skills to Master Job Documents

Students will say goodbye to all the questions they have about academic CVs and professional resumes. They’ll learn how to master job search documents and identify their value to future employers.


Overcome Fear of Career Change

With Aurora’s one-of-a-kind career exploration library, students will leave behind any concerns about nonacademic career pathways. Users can listen to PhDs from their discipline, so that they can get the perspective they need to launch a nonacademic job search.


The Know-How to Engage Employers

Students will recognize their worth in industry and learn how to confidently speak to employers in any career sector. The clarity and confidence they’ll gain in their professional skills will serve them throughout their careers.

But above all else...

AURORA gives students the skills, strategy, resources, AND CONFIDENCE they need for a successful career in academia or beyond.

Let's get your students exploring today!


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