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Watch this short video to learn more about how the resources in Aurora can help you explore careers and learn job search strategies.

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What every PhD Needs to Know about Using LinkedIn

Overqualified or underqualified? Which is it, and what to do about it.

What you need to know about going on the academic job market

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Professional Job Search Courses

Our research shows that PhDs move through four stages during their career transition. The curriculum in Aurora is designed to move you through the stages with strategy and purpose. By completing the courses in order, you will learn the proven process used by hundreds of PhDs to successfully launch nonacademic careers.

Discover: Know Your Options

In stage one, you will identify your Optimal Career Pathway™ and make a plan for your professional job search by completing the course Know Your Options. 

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Lesson 1: Introduction to the Professional Job Search
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Lesson 2: What do you do?
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Lesson 3: What energizes you
about your work?
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Lesson 4: What will the world pay
you money to do?
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Lesson 5: Your PhD Career
Transition Story

Research: Evaluate Your Opportunities

In stage two, you will evaluate possible careers that align with skills, interests, and values and learn proven job search strategies by completing the course Evaluate Your Opportunities.

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Lesson 1: Introduction to the
Research Stage
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Lesson 2: How to Persuade People
to Hire You
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Lesson 3: Getting Started on
LinkedIn
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Lesson 4: How to Build Your
LinkedIn Profile
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Lesson 5: Using LinkedIn to
Research Career Options
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Lesson 6: Key to a Successful
Career Transition
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Lesson 7: How to Write Resumes
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Lesson 8: Evaluate Your
Opportunities

Implement: Launch Your Job Search

In stage 3, you will choose what you’d like to try next in your career and implement a proven job search focused on securing an opportunity in one career field.

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Lesson 1: Introduction to the
implementation stage
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Lesson 2: Setting goals and
expectations for your job search
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Lesson 3: Modifying your resume in
2 hrs for a job posting
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Lesson 4: How to write a cover
letter
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Lesson 5: How to build and grow
your network
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Lesson 6: The hiring process
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Lesson 7: How to Prepare for a
Nonacademic Interview
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Lesson 8: How to Negotiate and
Accept a Nonacademic Job Offer
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Lesson 9: Transitioning to a 9 to 5
Postacademic Career
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Lesson 10: Building Your Career

Career Exploration Video Library

Are you wondering what you can do with your degree?  The career exploration video resource library features interviews with over 150 PhDs. It is designed to help you understand the career transition process, and how PhDs build meaningful careers.

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Arts and Humanities
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Biological Life Sciences
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Business, Education, and
Professional
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Social Sciences and Psychology
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STEM
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Getting Started with Imagine PhD
(Free Assessment Tool)

Academic Career Courses

Our research shows that PhDs move through four stages during their career transition. The curriculum in Aurora is designed to move you through the stages with strategy and purpose. By completing the courses in order, you will learn the proven process used by hundreds of PhDs to successfully launch nonacademic careers.

Academic Career Success

Navigate your career as a graduate student and postdoc by building habits for career success. Topics include writing strategies, time management, and networking.

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Writing Strategies for
Graduate Students and PhDs
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Productivity and Time Management
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How to Balance Work, Life, and
Your Career
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How to Network Successfully in
Academia
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Demystifying the Scientific
Publishing Process
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From Dissertation to First Book
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3 Tips for Successful Grant and
Fellowship Applications
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What Every STEM Trainee Needs
to Know About Applying for
Postdocs

Faculty Job Search: Humanities and Social Sciences

If you’re going on the academic job market, these lessons will help you build a competitive application package, and prepare for faculty job interviews.
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Lesson 1: How to Decide When to
Go on the Academic Job Market
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Lesson 2: How to Apply for a
Faculty Position in a Humanities or
Social Sciences Discipline
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Lesson 3: How to Write a Teaching
Statement for Academic Job
Applications​
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Lesson 4: How to Put Together a
Teaching Portfolio for Academic
Job Applications
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Lesson 5: How to Write a
Research Statement for Academic
Job Applications
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Lesson 6: How to Write a Diversity
Statement for Academic Job
Applications
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Lesson 7: How to Prepare for
First-Round Interview for Academic
Jobs
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Lesson 8: How to Prepare for an
On-Campus Interview
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Lesson 9: The Faculty Job
Interview: Your Teaching
Demonstration
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Lesson 10: How to Prepare for a
Job Talk in a Humanities or Social
Sciences Discipline
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Lesson 11: How to Negotiate a
Faculty Job Offer in a Humanities
or Social Sciences Discipline

Faculty Job Search: STEM and Biological Life Sciences

If you’re going on the academic job market, these lessons will help you build a competitive application package, and prepare for faculty job interviews.
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Lesson 1: How to Decide When to
Go on the Academic Job Market
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Lesson 2: How to Apply for
a Faculty Position in a
STEM Discipline
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Lesson 3: How to Write a Teaching
Statement for Academic Job
Applications​
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Lesson 4: How to Put Together a
Teaching Portfolio for Academic
Job Applications
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Lesson 5: How to Write a Research
Statement for Academic Job
Applications
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Lesson 6: How to Write a Diversity
Statement for Academic Job
Applications
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Lesson 7: How to Prepare for First-
Round Interview for Academic Jobs
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Lesson 8: How to Prepare for an
On-Campus Interview
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Lesson 9: The Faculty Job
Interview: Your Teaching
Demonstration
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Lesson 10: How to Prepare for a
Job Talk in a STEM Discipline
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Lesson 11: How to Negotiate a
Faculty Job Offer in a STEM
Discipline

About Beyond the Professoriate

Beyond the Professoriate’s mission is to empower PhDs to build impactful careers and engaged lives, wherever smart people are needed. Our team knows first-hand the challenges PhDs encounter when they leave academia for careers beyond the professoriate. Each of our team members has a PhD, and our founder, L. Maren Wood has dedicated her career to helping graduate students and PhDs find success outside of academia. Learn more about our team.

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Our on-boarding quiz helps students locate resources related to their career of interest.

By completing 3-5 questions, our tool suggests a lesson students can complete to learn foundational skills and job search strategies for career success.

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Free monthly events hosted by the Beyond the Professoriate team are designed to help students recognize the challenges graduate students and PhD encounter during a career transition, and how the research-informed curriculum in Aurora can help them prepare for a successful job search.

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Based on hundreds of hours of research, we’ve identified specific stages that every PhD must go through when completing their degree and considering nonacademic job options.

The curriculum in Aurora is designed to move students through the stages with strategy and purpose.

Students can take our free assessment tool to learn where they are at in the 4 stages, and which course they should complete.

Sample the curriculum available to students in Aurora by clicking an image with a blue border. You'll navigate to the video lesson.

Images in grey = content only available in Aurora.

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