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, faculty, 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 35 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.

Why Aurora?

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 careers — in academia and beyond.

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 curriculum is designed to complement your on-campus resources. Our digital resources are available 24/7 for the busy student and postdoc, and our guided curriculum provides students with a foundation for the important in-person workshops and training you offer on campus.

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"Aurora let's me support more students than I could by myself in the span of an academic year.

It allows them to access high-quality resources when I’m not available.”



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.

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"I was blown away by the comprehensive contents on professional development offered on your platform.

The topics covered are spot-on and relevant… I wish I knew about Beyond the Professoriate early on in my graduate career. I think the tools and webinars offered by Aurora are very helpful for many, whether it is a junior graduate student who wants to learn more about time management, or a senior PhD who wants to change careers. I’ve been telling my peers about your platform, and hope they’ll benefit from it as much as I do.


Subscribing Institutions

American Academy of Religion
Arizona State University
Bowling Green State University
Brandeis University
Case Western Reserve University
Columbia University (Postdocs) *
Emory University
Fordham University 
Michigan State University
New York University 
Northwestern University
Oklahoma State University
Oregon State University
Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Rutgers University – Newark 
Southern Methodist University
Syracuse University
University of California – Irvine
University of California – Merced *

University of California – Santa Cruz
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Guelph
University of Kentucky
University of Maryland – College Park
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
University of Montana
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill *
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Saskatchewan
University of Texas – Austin
University of Wisconsin – Madison
William & Mary
York University (Canada)

*Coming Soon

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