7th Annual Online Career Conference for PhDs

May 2 & 9, 2020

The Overview

It’s our 7th annual online career conference this year. Given recent events, we thought carefully as a team about how to best proceed with this year’s conference. And we concluded that we needed to continue to deliver support and advice through our annual May conference–as we have for the past six years.

We do want to ensure that the conference addresses these unprecedented times and concerns about hiring trends. This year’s conference will therefore provide attendees with 3 things:

  • Our usual how-to seminars on job searching;
  • Career advice for PhDs by PhDs who have successfully launched post-academic careers;
  • Career support and advice for grad students and PhDs concerned with what will happen in the job market over the next several months. Hiring will continue though some career sectors may have higher/lower demand, and your job searching technique may need some adjustment. Rest assured we recognize this, and it will be a significant part of our programming.

Attend Live: May 2nd & 9th, starting at 11:00 AM (ET) both days.
Where: Online! Attend the conference from wherever you are via Zoom webinar. No travel required.
Video Replay: Available with the All Access Pass.
Price: $59 for All Access (live + replay), $29 for Live Only attendance. | Early Bird (April 1st to April 14th) coupon available for $10 off the All Access ticket only. Use code earlybird2020 at checkout.
Who Should Attend: Graduate students, recent PhDs, postdocs, adjuncts, faculty members … and anyone else interested in learning about career options for PhDs.
Discounts: Buying tickets for your students or postdocs? Discounts available for bulk purchases of the All Access Pass (10 or more). Email events@beyondprof.com for information and sales.

  • All Access Ticket
  • Live Only Ticket
Ticket Options All Access TicketLive Only Ticket
Ticket Options
Live Attendance
Replay (30 days)
Bonus Career InterviewsIf purchased before April 15th
Buy NowBuy Now

The Program-At-A-Glance

For full details on each panel including panel descriptions, learning objectives, and speaker bios, please download the conference program [coming soon!].

Day 1: How To Seminars

11-12 PM EDT: How to explore career options that leverage your education with Dan Olson-Bang, PhD (Director, Office of Graduate Professional and Career Development at Syracuse University)

After this session you will be able to:

  • Identify your primary strengths, skills, and interests.
  • Find key resources for researching relevant career options.
  • Build confidence in your career path.

12.15 – 1.15 PM EDT: Networking & online job search strategies with Malisa Kurtz, PhD (Digital Marketing Manager, Beyond the Professoriate)

After this session you will be able to :

  • Define networking in a variety of environments.
  • Create achievable goals for networking as part of your job search.
  • Use the internet to discover non-academic job options and as part of your job search strategy.

1.30 – 2.30 PM EDT: Resumes and cover letters to get you the interview with Brigét Horne (Resume Coach, Beyond the Professoriate)

After this session you will be able to :

  • Apply strategies to avoid common resume and cover letter mistakes.
  • Recognize where the cover letter and resume fit in the hiring process.
  • Successfully customize your cover letter and resume for jobs you want.

2.45 – 3.45 PM EDT: Job searching & COVID-19 with L. Maren Wood, PhD (CEO, Beyond the Professoriate)

After this session you will be able to :

  • Identify your priorities for your job search.
  • Develop a 3 month job search strategy.
  • Employ mindfulness and self-compassion during the job search.

Day 2: Career Success

11-12 PM EDT: Career exploration and leaving academia

In this session, panelists will share about their experiences deciding to leave academia and finding non-academic career paths of interest to them. We know how difficult it can be to move on from academia and start charting a new career path, especially in our current landscape, and so we’ve brought together experts on the topic to help empower you on this journey.

Christopher Caterine, PhD (Classics),
Communications Strategist & Proposal Writer, Global Professional Services Firm
Kristine Weglarz, PhD
(Communications & Media Studies), Instructional Designer and Curriculum Developer, Queen’s University
Kwame Osei-Sarfo, PhD (Molecular Biology and Immunology),
Director, Bridge to the PhD Program in STEM, Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

12.15-1.15 PM EDT: Networking and building your professional community

Does the word ‘networking’ make you feel uncomfortable? Come learn why building a professional community that can support you is essential to the job search and how you can do so in ways that feel more authentic to you. In-person networking may not be possible at this time, but there are plenty of ways to connect with people online, as our panelists will discuss.

Helen Coe, PhD (Medical Sciences),
Lead Institute Initiatives & Partnerships, CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health
Paul Keen, PhD (Classics), Foundation Relations Officer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Laura Szkolar-Sienkiewicz, PhD (Biomedical Materials Sciences),
Senior Regulatory and Compliance Manager, Amazon

1.30-2.30 EDT: Interviewing and Hiring

Congrats, you got an interview! Wondering how to prepare? Panelists will demystify common interviewing and hiring practices for professional careers. Typical interview stages, processes, and questions will be discussed in order to help you learn how to prepare effectively for the interviewing and hiring stages.

Jennifer Askey, PhD (Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics),
Leadership Development Advisor, University of Alberta
Stevie Yap, PhD (Psychology),
Senior Product Researcher, Freshbooks
Jennifer Brummet, PhD (Behavioural Neuroscience),
American Epilepsy Society, Project Coordinator, Research

2.45-3.45 EDT: Transitioning to a 9-5 post-academic career

Curious to learn about fellow PhDs’ experiences transitioning to 9-to-5 roles? Come hear what our panelists have to say about moving from academia to industry careers in terms of their new schedules, day-to-day work, interactions with colleagues, and more.

Meghan Lundrigan, PhD (History),
Research Associate, Know History, Inc
Kurt Sampsel, PhD (Literary and Cultural Studies),
Project Manager, Center for Tech and Civic Life
Yingchan Zhang, PhD (Sociology),
User Research Lead, Wayfair

What Past Attendees Have Said

"I walked away from this conference feeling both hopeful about future prospects and much more confident about my ability to succeed outside of academia. "
"Thank you to the entire Beyond Prof team for turning my non-faculty job search upside down, for the better! I move forward from the conference feeling connected, empowered, and very well-equipped to explore different career options outside of academia. "
"These sessions confirmed things I was doing correctly and provided lots of new ideas to expand my ability to successfully navigate the job market outside of academia. Each speaker brought a different perspective and their willingness to be candid about their own stories made these sessions very down to earth and the speakers' stories easy to relate to. "
"I love the fact that your panelists discussed a wide range of employment opportunities and career paths in the United States as well as Canada. And I would highly recommend this for ALL PhD students who are considering career options outside of academia."
  • All Access Ticket
  • Live Only Ticket
Ticket Options All Access TicketLive Only Ticket
Ticket Options
Live Attendance
Replay (30 days)
Bonus Career InterviewsIf purchased before April 15th
Buy NowBuy Now

Until we see you at the conference!

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