Through the two programs of study in Aurora (Academic Careers and Professional Careers), graduate students and postdocs are empowered to make informed decisions about their career path and learn successful job search strategies from other PhDs. Students and postdocs access resources to help them navigate the faculty job market, and explore professional careers beyond the professoriate.

Program of Study : Professional Career Pathways

Know Your Options

Student will identify their Optimal Career PathwayTM and develop a metric to measure career opportunities in the professional workforce or academia.

Evaluate Your Best Opportunities

Students research career opportunities that align with your Optimal Career PathwayTM and learn proven PhD job search strategies.

Implement Your Job Search

Students identify a professional career path to pursue after their degree or postdoc, and implement a targeted job search.

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Stages of PhD Career Transition

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Our research shows that PhDs move through 4 stages as they explore career options and move into a professional (non-academic) career. 

The three courses in the Professional Careers Programs of Study are designed to help students move through these stages with purpose and strategy. 

Courses in the Professional Career Pathways Program of Study combine instructional video and evaluative worksheets to help students apply what they’ve learned to their own job search. 

Lessons are designed and taught by Beyond the Professoriate founder L. Maren Wood, PhD.

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Career Exploration Resource Library

Our video resource library features interviews with over 150 PhDs who work across all industries and sectors. 

Students can learn how other PhDs launched successful careers, and what they find energizing and inspiring about their work. 

Using our worksheets and handouts, students can begin to identify career paths might be a good fit for you, and develop strategies to find your new career opportunities. 

Video library is searchable by academic discipline, and career values and interests. 

Program of Study : Academic Career Pathways

Graduate School Career Success

Students learn strategies for navigate their career as a graduate student and postdoc by building habits for career success.

Topics include writing strategies, time management, and networking.

Lessons are taught by PhD career experts who work at universities in North America.

The Academic Job Market: STEM and Life Sciences

Students in STEM disciplines learn how to prepare for an academic (faculty) job search.   

Lessons include how to write a CV and cover letter;  write research, teaching, and diversity statements, and prepare for on-campus interviews; and prepare for faculty job interviews. 

Lessons are taught by PhD career experts who work at universities in North America.

The Academic Job Market: Humanities and Social Sciences

Students in Humanities or Social Science disciplines learn how to prepare for an academic (faculty) job search.   

Lessons include how to write a CV and cover letter;  write research, teaching, and diversity statements, and prepare for on-campus interviews; and prepare for faculty job interviews. 

Lessons are taught by PhD career experts who work at universities in North America.

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