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After the PhD: Interview with Fernando Mondragon, PhD

Fernando Mondragon has a PhD in Civil Engineering. “What I did for my dissertation work was to try and understand what construction field personnel – specifically managers – how they process information that they find in the field, as well as how the information is made available to them,” he says. “And to understand how…

Dear PhDs: You do you

“Evaluate what you want and seek-out a path that you will help you get there.” By: Caitlyn Perry Dial, PhD Dr. Dial earned her PhD in Public History from Western Michigan University. She’s currently Executive Director of the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame. By: Caitlyn Perry Dial, PhD Dr. Dial earned her…

From Journalism to Academia to Advertising to …? 

Career transitions can take us to surprising places, if we’re open to exploring the possibilities. By: Brooke Edge, PhD Dr. Edge earned her PhD in Media Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. She’s currently Director of Research and Strategy at PriceWeber. By: Brooke Edge, PhD Dr. Edge earned her PhD in Media Studies from the University of Colorado…

Carry the Life of the Mind With You

There are many ways to pursue “the life of the mind.”  Find creative ways to pursue your intellectual interests. By: Emily Dufton, PhD  Dr. Dufton earned her PhD in American Studies from George Washington University. She’s currently an independent historian, freelance writer and editor, and book author. By: Emily Dufton, PhD Dr. Dufton earned her PhD in…

Your First Post-PhD Job (Probably) Won’t Be Your Last

The pace of change in the world of work continues to accelerate.  To succeed beyond the professoriate, you’ll need to learn new skills, become an expert in lots of different topics, and leverage your skills as a life-long-learner to advance in your career. By: Robert Bowles, PhD  Dr. Bowles earned his PhD in Marine Biotechnology…

Follow Where Your Career Takes You

By: Jennifer Chain, PhD.  Dr. Chain earned her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  She is currently the Science Officer for Cellular Therapies at the Oklahoma Blood Institute. By: Jennifer Chain, PhD.  Dr. Chain earned her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences…

Exploring Careers in Product Management

As a PhD exploring job opportunities outside of the academy, you have most likely heard the title  “Product Manager” tossed around – but what does it actually mean to be a product manager? Krista Duttenhaver Ratcliff, PhD, Senior Program Manager at Atlassian, tells us that it can mean so many different things, depending on the position, and…

What’s Happening this Month at Beyond the Professoriate

New Publication & Book Launch It’s possible to remain engaged in research, writing, and publishing outside of academia. The most recent book for PhDs who are seeking alternative career options, Succeeding Outside the Academy: Career Paths beyond the Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM, features contributions from a number of PhDs in non-academic professions, including Beyond…