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In our two programs of study, graduate students and post-docs explore career options and learn job search strategies to secure employment beyond the professoriate.

In the Program of Study: Career Strategies, students learn how to launch a successful non-faculty job search. Video seminars are taught by PhD experts working beyond the professoriate. Topics include career exploration, hiring and negotiating, and online job search strategies. Learning prompts will help your students apply this new knowledge to their own job search.

In the Program of Study: Career Exploration, students gain insights from PhDs who have successful careers in industry, non-profits, government, and higher education administration. Through seminars, career panels, and interviews, graduate students and post-docs can explore career options and learn how PhDs leverage their education for success in academia and beyond the professoriate.

Program of Study: Career Strategies

By completing the 21 units in the core modules, students and post-docs can earn a certificate of completion.

Module 1: Introduction to the Job Search

Students and post-docs will be able to identify the phases of a job search and apply strategies to start a career.

Launch Your Non-Faculty Job Search ... Tomorrow

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Recognize the differences between a non-academic and academic job search.

• Distinguish the goals of non-academic and academic employers.

• Re-imagine the concept of life-long careers.

• Apply strategies to prepare for a successful non-academic job search.

Jennifer Polk, PhD, Co-Founder, Beyond the Professoriate

L. Maren Wood, PhD, Co-Founder, Beyond the Professoriate

How to Set Yourself Up For PhD Job Search Success

Students and post-docs will be able to: 

• Identify values, strengths, and priorities. 

• Articulate a professional statement and maximize their professional brand. 

• Engage on social media and networking platforms. 

• Effectively research career opportunities of interest, identify employers, and maximize their research experience.

Jennifer Polk, PhD, Co-Founder, Beyond the Professoriate

L. Maren Wood, PhD, Co-Founder, Beyond the Professoriate

Stages of the Job Search Process

Students and post-docs will be able to: 

• Identify the stages of the non-academic job search process.  

• Recognize opportunities to nurture professional life.  

• Apply strategies to create writing materials, prepare for job interviews, and effectively negotiate an offer. 

• Build and cultivate a network to explore career options.

Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, PhD, Data Engagement Specialist, Connecticut Data Collaborative

Module 2: Career Exploration

Students and post-docs will be able to identify appropriate career paths according to their skill set and career goals.

How to Use Assessments to Find Your Next Career

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Use assessment instruments including MBTI, MyIDP, ImaginePhD, and CliftonStrengths (StrengthsFinder).

• Identify how assessments can be valuable to career exploration.

• Use assessments to aid their career exploration, networking, and goal setting.

•Apply assessment results to identify career paths of interest, in particular careers beyond academia.

Dan Olson-Bang, PhD,  Director, Office of Professional and Career Development, Graduate School, Syracuse University

How to Make Good Career Decisions After Your PhD or Postdoc

Students and post-docs will be able to: 

• Employ strategies in preparation for making appropriate decisions about their career.

• Articulate their values and priorities.

• Identify activities they find energizing and rewarding. 

• Recognize and be confident in their values.

Jennifer Polk, PhD, Co-Founder, Beyond the Professoriate

Leveraging Your PhD: Identifying Career Paths to Suit You and Your Goals

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Identify and communicate their skills to potential employers.

• Recognize the benefits of their graduate degree.

• Compose specific and realistic goals.

• Maximize their academic skills and promote their value to employers.

Catherine Maybrey, PhD, Career Coach, CM Coaching Services

Module 3: Professional Documents

Students and post-docs will be able to create a resume and cover letter, and successfully articulate their skills to employers.

How to Pitch Yourself to Employers

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Recognize and articulate their value to employers.

• Identify transferable skills and core competencies.

• Define and communicate what they do in addition to what they know.

• Communicate how they solve an employer’s problem and meet a company’s objectives.

L. Maren Wood, PhD, Co-Founder, Beyond the Professoriate

Your Resume and Cover Letter

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Apply current resume writing strategies to turn a cv into a resume.

• Identify elements of a resume and popular resume formats.

• Create effective experience descriptions that include verbs, results, impacts, and achievements.

• Compose a cover letter that stands out to an employer.

Kristine Funch Lodge, PhD, Founder & Coach, IncipitCareer, LLC

Getting Landed: Writing Impact-Based Resumes

Students and post-docs will be able to: 

• Create a resume by incorporating all of the necessary components. 

• Identify the differences between a resume and a cv.

• Recognize the parts of a resume.

• Apply strategies to maximize the impact of their resume.

Chela White-Ramsey, PhD, Chief Career Strategist, ChelaWorks Career Counseling, LLC

Module 4: Online Job Search Strategies

Students and post-docs will be able to effectively use social media platforms and apply online strategies to start their career.

How to Use the Internet to Get the Job You Want

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Apply strategies to use the internet intentionally to support the job search.

• Use LinkedIn to optimize their online presence.

• Maintain and secure their online reputation.

• Use research skills to discover non-academic job options.

Heidi Scott Giusto, PhD, Founder, Career Path Writing Solutions

Personal Branding and Social Media for the Job Search

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Use social media to demonstrate their skills to future employers.

• Maximize their engagement on social media platforms and the internet to foster connections.

• Revise their current public image for a non-academic audience.

• Create and communicate an effective professional statement.

Jennifer Polk, PhD, Co-Founder, Beyond the Professoriate

L. Maren Wood, PhD, Co-Founder, Beyond the Professoriate

How PhDs Can Use LinkedIn Effectively During a Job Search

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Stimulate momentum for their career search.

• Revise their LinkedIn profile to connect with their desired community.

• Identify how language can be effective.

• Practice good LinkedIn citizenship.

Anna Marie Trester, PhD, Founder, Career Linguist

Module 5: Networking

Students and post-docs will be able to create and communicate their brand and apply effective networking strategies.

Build Your Brand and Your Network

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Define their personal brand and use it to build connections.

• Understand why they need a brand.

• Use branding as a planning strategy.

• Define and communicate their purpose to an external audience.

Jared Wesley, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Alberta

Authentic Networking Strategies for PhD Career Success

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Recognize why networking can be uncomfortable.

• Develop meaningful professional relationships.

• Define authentic networking.

• Articulate their authentic self to others.

Kristy Lamb, PhD, Associate Director, Preprofessional Advising, New York University
Making the Most of Informational Interviews

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Pursue a profession from an informed perspective.

• Apply informational interview etiquette and compose effective questions.

• Manage common interpersonal concerns.

• Organize the information acquired from the interviews.

Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, PhD, Data Engagement Specialist, Connecticut Data Collaboration

Module 6: Interviewing

Students and post-docs will be able to prepare for and confidently engage in the non-academic interview process.

Interviewing with Confidence in a Non-Academic World

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Recognize their interviewing expectations and understand the employer’s goals.

• Assert their agency in the interviewing and hiring process.

• Identify types of non-academic interviews.

• Apply strategies to prepare for a non-academic interview.

Kristine Funch Lodge, PhD, Founder & Coach, IncipitCareer, LLC

How to Articulate Your Transition Story in a Non-Academic Interview

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Articulate their transition from academia for non-academic employers.

• Apply effective strategies to describe their reason for leaving academia.

• Identify their motivations for pursuing a career beyond the professoriate.

• Control the narrative during an interview

Heidi Scott Giusto, PhD, Founder, Career Path Writing Solutions

How to Prepare for a Non-Academic Interview

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Identify the goals of a non-academic interview.

• Create an interview strategy.

• Apply the STAR method to frame the narrative.

• Articulate their relevant experiences to emphasize their strengths.

L. Maren Wood, PhD, Co-Founder, Beyond the Professoriate

Module 7: Hiring & Negotiating

Students and post-docs will be able to navigate the non-academic hiring process and negotiate a job offer.

The Hiring Process

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Recognize the stages of the hiring process.

• Identify why employers decide to hire and understand employer considerations.

• Interpret a job description.

• Employ strategies to successfully navigate the hiring process.

Josh Magsam, PhD, Director of Community Success at Discogs 

Understanding & Navigating Hiring in Today's Economy

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Employ strategies to successfully participate in current workforce trends.

• Identify types of non-traditional work.

• Recognize why hiring practices have changed.

• Proactively manage their career activities

Catherine Maybrey, PhD, Career Coach, CM Coaching Services

How to Negotiate & Accept a Non-Academic Job Offer

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Determine what they want and when to walk away.

• Identify what is negotiable.

• Recognize and articulate their value and worth.

• Apply strategies for the negotiating process.

Marquita M. Qualls, PhD, Founder and Principal, Entropia Consulting

Electives in this Program of Study

These modules are not included in the certificate of completion.

Graduate Studies & Career Success

Students and post-docs will be able to use their dissertation, research and teaching experience to prepare for a non-academic career.

Careers in Public Scholarship & Science Communication

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Define science communication and public scholarship.

• Identify career paths in the fields of science communication and public scholarship.

• Apply strategies to cultivate experience in these fields.

• Recognize the applicability of their current transferable skills.

Synatra Smith, PhD, Education Curator, Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center

Swagata Basu, PhD, Science Communications & Marketing Specialist, Inscopix, Inc.

How to Use Your Dissertation to Build Your Non-Academic Career

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Design the dissertation process to instigate a non-academic career.

• Establish a community network through the dissertation process.

• Identify concrete skills acquired through the creation of a dissertation.

• Use their dissertation topic to connect with other industries.

Cathy Hannabach, PhD, President, Ideas on Fire

10 Transferable Skills of Teaching

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Reconsider their teaching experiences and transfer those skills to the job search.

• Explain why teaching experience is their greatest competitive advantage. 

• Identify 10 transferable skills they cultivate when they teach. 

• Consider how to articulate their skills to be competitive for a variety of careers.

Barbi Honeycutt, PhD, Founder, FLIP It Consulting

Habits for Success

Students and post-docs will be able to employ productivity and self-care strategies to enhance their career.

Real Life Stress Management

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Recognize stress responses in the body by understanding the science of stress.

• Define mindfulness meditation and identify its purpose.

• Use mindfulness meditation to change the stress response and manage stress.

• Apply simple on-the-spot techniques for handling stress in everyday situations.

Kara Santokie, PhD, Executive Director, Real Life Meditation

Writing on Your Own Terms

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Gain confidence in the writing process and their final product.

• Apply strategies to demystify the writing process.

• Develop systems to stay in control of their time.

• Identify the sources of their writing anxiety and create a plan to overcome their obstacles.

Jane Jones, PhD, Writing Coach & Developmental Editor, Up In Consulting

Time Management & Productivity

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International Students

Students and post-docs will be able to identify the processes required for immigration and develop job search strategies.

US Immigration Opportunities for PhDs and Postdocs in Challenging Times

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Develop strategies to increase their ability to immigrate.

• Recognize the challenges to immigrating to the United States.

• Determine how immigration law may impact their life.

• Identify the immigration pathways and how they apply to their situation.

Kenneth Stern, Partner, Stern & Curray LLC (Immigration Law)
From Student to Permanent Resident: A PhD's Journey Through Canadian Immigration

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Identify the immigration pathways and the benefits of each.

• Recognize the bureaucratic and financial considerations.

• Assess the rules guiding the immigration process and select the most appropriate permanent residence program.

• Plan their application for permanent residency.

Cassandra Conacher, Immigration Consultant, Newland Chase Canada

Job Searching and Working in North America as an Immigrant

Students and post-docswill be able to:

• Identify differences between job searching as an immigrant and as a permanent resident or citizen.

• Recognize the challenges that immigration processes add to a job search.

• Apply effective strategies to a non-academic job search as an immigrant or international student or postdoc.

• Develop a plan for job searching as an immigrant.

Arunodoy Sur, PhD, Technology Licensing Officer, Nova Southeastern University

Yoanne Clovis, PhD, Technical Sales Associate / Marketing Associate, NemaMetrix

Catherine Murari-Kanti, PhD,  Licensing Specialist, UNeMed Corporation

Mohammadreza Rezaee, PhD, CEO, QSpice Labs

Program of Study: Career Exploration

Students and post-docs can explore career options by their academic discipline, or by career fields.

PhD Career Interviews

PhD Career Interviews: Bio/Biomedical Sciences

One-to-one interviews with PhDs working beyond the professoriate, organized by academic discipline. 

PhD Interview: Adam Ruben, PhD
PhD Interview: Perveen Biln, PhD
PhD Interview: Antonio Bruni, PhD
PhD Interview: Michelle Sneck, PhD
PhD Interview: Shen Lin, PhD
PhD Interview: Christopher Pickett, PhD
PhD Career Interview: Page Cooper, PhD
PhD Career Interview: Gabriela C. Monsalve, PhD

PhD Career Interviews: STEM

PhD Interview: Graydon Snider, PhD
PhD Interview: Carol Johnson, PhD
PhD Interview: Fernando Mondragon, PhD
PhD Interview: Eugene Day, DSc
PhD Interview: Matt Hotze, PhD
PhD Interview: Mark Pouy, PhD
PhD Interview: Stella Kafka, PhD
PhD Interview: David Lawlor, PhD
PhD Interview: Melissa Vaught, PhD

PhD Career Interviews: Arts & Humanities

PhD Interview: Chandra Kavanagh, PhD
PhD Interview: David Drysdale, PhD
PhD Interview: Katharine Bullard, PhD
PhD Interview: Omar Abdullah, PhD
PhD Interview: Kelly Baker, PhD
PhD Interview: Doug Priest, PhD
PhD Interview: Lee Skallerup Bessette, PhD
PhD Interview: Kip Kosek, PhD
PhD Interview: Joe Way, PhD
PhD Interview: Amanda Rico, PhD
PhD Interview: David Congdon, PhD
PhD Interview: Silas Morgan, PhD

PhD Career Interviews: Social Sciences

PhD Interview: Chandra Y. Osborn, PhD, MPH
PhD Interview: Michael King, PhD
PhD Interview: Kate Meyers Emery, PhD
PhD Interview: Carolyn Morgan, PhD
PhD Interview: Christopher Stewart, PhD
PhD Interview: Veronica Sepehr, PhD
PhD Interview: Ross O'Hara, PhD
PhD Interview: Rachel Fleming, PhD
PhD Interview: Kara Brisson-Boivin, PhD
PhD Interview: LaNysha Adams, PhD

PhD Career Panels

Business & Industry (2017)

Many of the skills developed during graduate school are in high demand in the private sector: the abilities to find, process, organize, and present information are valuable skills to businesses of all sizes. The variety of opportunities available in the private sector allow PhDs to build careers that align with their values, as well as leverage their skills and knowledge.

This career panel features PhDs with degrees in Media & Communications, Psychology, Biology, and Biomedical Sciences.

Business & Industry (2018)

Many of the skills developed during graduate school are in high demand in the private sector: the abilities to find, process, organize, and present information are valuable skills to businesses of all sizes. The variety of opportunities available in the private sector allow PhDs to build careers that align with their values, as well as leverage their skills and knowledge.

This career panel features PhDs from Literature, Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering, who now work in the private sector.

Data Science

Data scientists don’t just crunch numbers, they find, organize, combine, and extract meaning from information. Data scientists organize and analyze raw data to improve its usefulness for the organization. They work in many industries, including start-ups, large corporations, universities, and non-profits. They spend time running statistical programs, writing code, and organizing data sets.

This career panel features PhDs from Political Science, Biology, and Linguistics.

Evaluation & Assessment

Professionals in this field work within organizations to improve program outcomes. They assess the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, products, and services to improve their effectiveness.  

Important skills include research design, data analysis, synthesizing information, and communication. They present their findings and make recommendations to help clients and stakeholders achieve their objectives.  

This panel features degrees in Psychology, Education and Linguistics.   

 

Ed Tech & Instructional Design

Educational technology and instructional design is a field for PhDs who enjoy teaching and are interested in technology. Instructional designers analyze, develop, and evaluate instruction in various settings such as academia, business, and the military. Educational technology focuses on the technology used for instruction and student assessment.

This career panel features people with degrees in Philosophy & but PhDs from all disciplines find success in ed tech and instructional design. 

Freelancing & Independent Consulting

Self-employment offers individuals control over their time, location, and activities. However, freelancing brings quite a lot of risk. Uncertain income, unknown future projects, and other worries are standard for individuals working for themselves.

PhDs considering a freelance career should be self-motivated, strategic thinkers and problem solvers, and comfortable with risk.

This career panel features PhDs from Industrial & Operations Engineering, Sociology, and Screen Arts & Cultures.

Government (2017)

Public employees work for local, state/provincial, and federal governments. PhDs work in a variety of roles: analysts, researchers, scientists, project managers, diplomats, human resource specialists, and communication specialists … and so many more! Government is one of the largest employment sectors for PhDs.

This career panel features PhDs in History, Biology, and Political Science.

Government (2018)

Public employees work for local, state/provincial, and federal governments. PhDs work in a variety of roles: analysts, researchers, scientists, project managers, diplomats, human resource specialists, and communication specialists … and so many more! Government is one of the largest employment sectors for PhDs.

This career panel features panelists with degrees in Cognitive Neuroscience, Political Theory, and Educational Policy.

Higher Education (2017)

Remaining in higher education in a non-faculty role is appealing to many PhDs. The day-to-day life of staff and administrators, however, is very different from that of faculty members.

Working in higher education administration requires strong project management skills, the ability to collaborate and work on teams, interpersonal skills, and adeptness at navigating bureaucracy.

This career panel features PhDs in History, English Literature, Biomedical Sciences, and Psychiatry.

Higher Education (2018)

Remaining in higher education in a non-faculty role is appealing to many PhDs. The day-to-day life of staff and administrators, however, is very different from that of faculty members.

Working in higher education administration requires strong project management skills, the ability to collaborate and work on teams, interpersonal skills, and adeptness at navigating bureaucracy.

This career panel features PhDs from PhDs in English Literature, Comparative Literature, and Educational Leadership.

Management (Business) Consulting

Management consultants lend their expertise on a short-term basis to help client organizations identify and find solutions to specific problems or challenges. They use their skills to improve performance and organizational culture, and increase efficiency. Management consultants work in all industries: the private sector, government, non-profits, and higher education. They work for firms large and small, or as independent contractors.

This career panel features PhDs from History and American Studies, but PhDs from all disciplines find success as management consultants.

Marketing & Communications

After years of researching and writing, PhDs are well-suited for careers in marketing and communications. While writing intensive programs like English and history are obvious fits, the ability to translate discipline-specific information, especially in the sciences, is a valuable trait that organizations desire. Research is important and the ability to summarize and interpret information are skills used just as often as writing.

This career panel features PhDs from History, English Literature, and Cognition Neuroscience.

Non Profits (2017)

PhDs are drawn to work in non-profits where the mission of the organization aligns with their personal values. Research analysis and communication are in high demand for analyst and grant writing roles. Content expertise and teaching experience are valuable for program and event planning positions. Strong communication skills and the ability to build relationships are desirable for working on the development side.

This career panel features PhDs from Geography, Behavioural Medicine, Global & Sociocultural Studies, and History. 

Non Profits (2018)

PhDs are drawn to work in non-profits where the mission of the organization aligns with their personal values. Research analysis and communication are in high demand for analyst and grant writing roles. Content expertise and teaching experience are valuable for program and event planning positions. Strong communication skills and the ability to build relationships are desirable for working on the development side.

This career panel features PhDs from Medical Biophysics, Behavioral Neuroscience, and History.

 

Policy & Advocacy

Careers in policy and advocacy allow PhDs to leverage their subject matter expertise, and research and analytical skills, to implement social and political change. PhDs are valuable to organizations as content experts, researchers, and communicators. Professionals in this field synthesize and analyze information, present findings, and make recommendations to diverse stakeholders. They work in all sectors for firms large and small.

This career panel features PhDs from Literary & Cultural Studies, Environmental Science, and History.

Project Management

Project managers are highly organized. They plan, implement, and deliver short and long-term projects. To do this, they manage teams of people, breaking down large projects into discrete tasks. 

Managers lead teams, negotiate relationships, monitor progress, and keep comprehensive records. Professionals in this field may use specific project management software and techniques. Meetings and communication are important to ensure work proceeds smoothly. They work across industries and sectors and can be found at large and small organizations.

This panels feature PhDs in History, Neuroscience, and Chemical Engineering.

Program Management

Program managers are instrumental to organizations of all sizes. They plan and implement programming, coordinate meetings, plan events, create content and marketing plans, and collaborate with colleagues.

Project and time management are important competencies. Strong interpersonal communication skills are essential, as program managers are called upon to communicate progress, lead teams, and provide client and customer support and service.

This career panel features PhDs from Molecular Biology, English Literature, and Linguistics.

Publishing

PhDs from all fields work in the publishing industry. Professionals in this field stay up-to-date on current research trends, solicit proposals and manuscripts, work closely with authors, and manage the publication process. Roles include acquisitions editor, marketing specialists, sales reps, and digital managers.

Project management, communication, relationship building, and attention to detail are important for success in this field.

This career panel features PhDs from Neurobiology, Anthropology, and Communications & Rhetoric.

Research Administration

Research administrators provide institutional support to researchers, including faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students. They ensure that projects meet ethical and legal standards, assist in writing proposals, locate funding, review award applications, and monitor projects and finances. Professionals in this field spend time communicating with researchers, reading publications, studying research, analyzing grant data, leading seminars, writing and working on committees.

This career panel features PhDs from Biochemistry, Neuroscience, and History.

Student Affairs

Student affairs professionals facilitate learning and development for students and postdocs at institutions of higher learning. Professionals in this develop and implement programs, mentor and advise students and postdocs, plan events, and lead workshops. Strong communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills are required. 

They work in student and postdoctoral affairs offices, career services, the graduate school, and university medical centers. 

This career panel features PhDs with degrees in Biomedical Sciences, English Literature, and Higher Education.

Career Spotlights

Learn more about specific careers! In these one-hour seminars, graduate students and post-docs learn about career fields in both the private and the public sectors. These focused spotlights provide learners with the opportunity to explore what it takes to be successful in a specific career.

Learning prompts, pre-populated in the Take Notes widget, will help you apply what you learn to your own job search.

Designing Your Own Career Path in the Private Sector

You will be able to:

• Design your career path in the private sector.

• Apply strategies to map your career journey.

• Focus the job search.

• Define what you want to do and where you want to do it.

David Giltner, PhD, Founder, TurningScience

How To Build a Career in the Corporate Sector

You will be able to:

• Prepare for a transition into the corporate sector.

• Define start-up and enterprise culture.

• Identify the benefits of starting in an entry-level position.

• Apply four strategies to ensure a successful career transformation.

Josh Magsam, PhD, Director of Community Success, Discogs.com

Project and Program Management Careers for PhDs

You will be able to:

• Define program management and project management, and recognize how they differ.

• Describe the applicable skills acquired through your graduate studies.

• Create development or training opportunities to increase your experience in these fields.

• Apply strategies to transition into theses careers.

Sarah Stoeckl, PhD, Senior Project Manager, International Society for Technology in Education

How PhDs Can Transition to Government Work in Canada

You will be able to:

• Define what government policy work entails.

• Promote your relevant transferable skills and experiences.

• Apply strategies to enter the government as an employee.

• Interpret a Government of Canada job advertisement and match your skills to the position.

Andrew Miller, PhDStrategic Leader, City of Mississauga

Science and Business Careers in Industry for STEM PhDs

You will be able to:

• Define product management.

• Identify the skills required for success in product management.

• Create strategies to transition into this career path.

• Determine what positions would be a good fit for you.

Ryan Raver, PhD, Senior Product Manager, Essen BioScience

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