Empowering PhDs to build meaningful careers.

Beyond Prof’s Career Training Platform will give you the knowledge, tools, and guidance you need so that you can get paid for your skills and experience. We’ll teach you the most effective way to get a nonacademic job you actually enjoy.

Why you should trust us

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American Academy of Religion
Arizona State University
Augusta University
Boston College
Brandeis University (Public Policy)
Case Western Reserve University
Catawba College
Columbia University (Postdocs)
Duke University
Emory University
Florida International University
Florida State university
Harvard University
Illinois State University
Michigan State University
Missouri State University

New York University
Northwestern University
Oklahoma State University
Oregon State University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Rutgers University – Newark
Southern Methodist University
Syracuse University
Tarleton State University
The American University in Rome
The Ohio State University
University at Buffalo
University of Alabama
University of California – Irvine

University of California – Santa Cruz
University of Pennsylvania
University of Florida
Northern Illinois University
University of Hawaii
University of Iowa
University of Georgia
University of Guelph (Canada)
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Massachusetts – Amherst
University of Maryland – College Park
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
University of Nebraska Medical Center
University of New Hampshire

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
University of Saskatchewan (Canada)
University of South Dakota
University of Texas – Austin
University of Texas – Dallas
University of Vermont
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Van Andel Institute
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Commonwealth University
William & Mary
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
York University (Canada)

☑️ We provide the comprehensive career curriculum for graduate students and PhDs at 60+ institutions.

☑️ Since 2017, we’ve helped thousands of graduate students succeed in their job search.

☑️Each year, we help 35,000+ graduate students learn effective job search strategies and how to successfully leverage their degrees into meaningful careers.


After nearly a decade of helping PhDs transition into nonacademic careers, Beyond the Professoriate has developed a streamlined proven process that works if you are:

Just getting started with exploring nonacademic career options, but you don’t know what kind of jobs you can even get with your PhD.

Stuck in neutral with no idea of how or where to start a nonacademic job search.

Struggling with a postdoc or academic position you don’t love and want to find better options.

Applying for professional jobs but not having the success you’ve hoped for.

Ready to put in effort to find a financially and professionally rewarding career.

"I cannot thank you enough, because you showed me every step of the way I needed to take. Thanks to your platform, I learnt how to translate my passion into an actual position that I could apply to, how to make my resume in the language of employers, and how to successfully network...

I am very happy, not only because I got the job I've always wanted but also because I dared to jump into the unknown world of job seeking."

When I found Beyond Prof, I was waffling between staying in academia or moving to industry. Your webinars and podcasts were so influential at helping me see the reality of academia... I really appreciated learning about the 4 step plan to transitioning that you developed, which gave me an incredible starting place when I had no idea what to do.

Your advice has helped me to get 2 job offers, and I'll be accepting one of them later this week.

I have attended many of Beyond the Prof's webinars and classes and I am very grateful for your service... I finished my post-doc this week and am starting my career in industry as a Medical Writer next week.

I have been recommending Beyond the Prof to all my academic colleagues as I believe your programming was extremely helpful along my path to a job in industry.

This Career Training Platform was designed for graduate students and PhDs, just like you.

Beyond Prof will give you the skills, strategy, and resources to help you achieve a successful career transition out of academia.

This is the gift that keeps on giving — once you know your value and worth to professional employers, you’ll find a new kind of career security.

Career security means you’ll be able to change jobs if you want. You’ll be able to move cities. You’ll be able to increase your salary. You’ll be able to join new projects, colleagues, companies. You’ll be empowered to pursue new options.

Career security means being empowered to build a professional career and life you love.

"My journey from a scared, anxious, imposter-syndrome-ridden visiting faculty member to a much more confident enthusiastic user experience research would not have been possible without Maren's expert advice and recommendations; supportive but honest feedback; tailored training on translating my skills and experiences into industry language and documents.... and much, much more.

To sum it up: Beyond Prof's Career Training Platform will transform your future career path

6 month access to Beyond Prof's Career Training Platform

Tuition is

$ 297

Lifetime access to Beyond Prof's Career Training Platform

Tuition is

$ 497

What's inside the platform

Beyond the Professoriate helps PhDs learn job search strategies through on-demand trainings so they can secure employment after graduation. You’ll be empowered to tackle your job search with confidence in your skills and strategies when you enroll today. 

Structured curriculum

Users are guided through research-based, structured curriculum to help them through each stage of their job search. Video lessons, workbooks, and assessments help facilitate their learning experience.

Career video library

Our one-of-a-kind video library where users can watch interviews with PhD holders working in all career sectors: academic, government, higher ed, industry, and non-profits.

Live events

In addition to the guided video lessons, students have access to monthly live events to learn the latest in industry hiring trends.


By completing video lessons and our curriculum, students can earn certification for their professional development.

Access to our 4-stage career transition process

Our platforms help graduate students explore career options; learn job search strategies through structured curriculum; and secure employment in their field of interest.

Step 1:

Know Your Options & Find Your Optimal Career Pathway™

Many PhDs skip the Discovery stage, which leads to frustration and job search failure. As the most important job search stage for ensuring you pursue careers meaningful to you, in this course Dr. Wood will help you quickly and effectively identify your strengths, skills, and potential career pathways. This foundational work will allow you to leverage your education into a career you find meaningful and intellectually stimulating.

Highlights of this course:

  • Identify your skills in nonacademic careers.
  • Discover what the world will pay you to do.
  • Compose your PhD Career Transition Story with confidence.

Step 2:

Learn How to Master the Foundational Framework for PhD Career Transitions

In our second course, you’ll learn the step-by-step process of executing a successful job search—from job documents, to LinkedIn and the secret key to a successful career transition. After completing this training, you’ll know how to recognize your worth in industry and confidently engage employers in any career sector.

Highlights of this course:

  • Solve the question of how to persuade people to hire you.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile that will engage employers.
  • Unlock the #1 key to a successful career transition.

Step 3:

Execute a Job Search with Proven PhD Job Search Strategies

Now its time to master the job application process. Learn how to set goals, modify your resume, prepare for interviews, and negotiate your job offers. Implementing a job search comes easy when you’ve done the foundational work in Step 1 & 2.

Highlights of this course:

  • Master your resume and know how different applications will be evaluated.
  • Be confident and prepared to shine in your interviews and the hiring process.
  • Know your value and how to negotiate a job offer.

Step 4:

Build Your New Career & Professional Sphere

With our one-of-a-kind career exploration library, you’ll leave behind any concerns about nonacademic career pathways. You can listen to PhDs from all academic discipline, so that you can get the perspective you need to launch and build your new professional career.

Additional highlights for building your career:

  • Subscribers have exclusive access to monthly webinars. These special topic webinars cover the emotional, psychological, and social barriers PhDs face in their job search — and how to overcome them. 
  • Hear from nearly 200 PhDs, so that you can get the perspective you need to find a nonacademic job you enjoy. The stakes of leaving academia change when you hear their success stories.
  • Worksheets are designed to help guide PhDs through their own career transition process, and serve as a foundational framework for their job documents.

"I learnt how to translate my passion into an actual position that I could apply to... Beyond the Professoriate was by far my biggest and best teacher and advisor."

Here's what you'll get when you enroll in the
Career Training Platform

The Entire Beyond Prof 4-Step Framework for Career Transition
You’ll learn the step-by-step process of a successful job search, and stop wasting time with common mistakes PhDs make in failed job searches.

A Clear Roadmap for Intellectually Engaging Careers
Learn how to conduct a successful job search without giving up the intellectual work you love. Priorities change–what we want out of a job changes. You’ll learn how to launch a new career without giving up what’s important to you.

Attendance to Career Conferences and Special Events
Your membership includes attendance to any of our career events offered during the course of your enrollment. This includes events such as our monthly live professional AND academic career webinars, as well as our annual career conferences.

When you add it all up, that's a total value of over $1,000.

But because we’re super excited about welcoming individual members into our Career Training Platform, you have the opportunity to enroll for just… 

6 month access to Beyond Prof's Career Training Platform

Tuition is

$ 297

Lifetime access to Beyond Prof's Career Training Platform

Tuition is

$ 497

In case I missed anything, here's some frequently asked questions...

Well… let’s answer this with a few more questions.

  • Are you exploring nonacademic career options but don’t know what kind of jobs you can get with your PhD?
  • Are you stuck in your job search, with no idea of how or where to start?
  • Are you struggling with a postdoc or academic position you don’t love and want to find better options?
  • Are you applying for nonacademic jobs but not having the success you’d hoped for?

If you answered YES to any of these, then Beyond Prof’s platform could be a great solution for helping you find your career path & take clear actions steps to move forward in your job search.

  • The entire Beyond Prof 4-step framework for career transition with 6 month or 1 year access. The self-paced modules mean you can take as much, or as little, time as you need (value: $497)
  • Yours-to-keep workbook and job search plans (value: $127)
  • Access to any academic or career conferences hosted during your enrollment (value: $114)

Total value starting: $738 but you can get started today for $297 USD.

For 6 months access to the Career Training Platform: $297 USD.

For 12 month access to the Career Training Platform: $497 USD.

There’s a lot of career advice online you could wade through, but I’m guessing you’ve already done that and you’re frustrated with information overload (kind of like the awkward family conversations where everyone wants to give “helpful” advice about your future…).

This 4-step career transition process is unique to Beyond Prof and based on 7 years of research.

I’ve taken all that I’ve learnt working with hundreds of PhDs and compiled it into a clear system to follow so that you can avoid frustrating (and time-consuming) trial and error.

I totally understand job searching while doing your PhD can feel overwhelming — especially when you’ve got research, teaching, and your career to build.

But let’s think about what’s “overwhelming” here.

Typically, overwhelm happens when we don’t have a step-by-step, proven process to help us move forward in a job search. Our career training platform works exactly BECAUSE the job search process is overwhelming without it. 

You won’t be doing a million things at once in the Training Platform.

You’ll have on-demand access to answers about your job search, whenever you need support. You’ll use the lessons to help you navigate challenges in your job search, and gradually get breakthroughs that will have you eager to keep moving forward.

When a job search feels messy and unknown, our platform and job search strategies will help you keep moving forward with purpose.

Two things:

1) Beyond Prof is a holistic platform for professional development and career transition. Inside, you’ll find live events, multiple courses, and a career resource library to help you ease your anxieties about a nonacademic career. Attend events, conferences, and search our video library to hear from over 200 PhDs in nonacademic careers so that you can get the perspective you need to launch your job search.

2) Beyond Prof’s 4-stage career transition process is unique to our programming. Student feedback tells us that the 4-stage curriculum provides structure and clear action-steps in what can otherwise be an overwhelming process.

Are you ready to start your job search process the right way -- finding jobs you'll actually enjoy and setting yourself up for long-term career success?

Put our 4-step proven strategy to work, and your job search process will be transformed, preparing you for career success.

6 month access to Beyond Prof's Career Training Platform

Tuition is

$ 297

Lifetime access to Beyond Prof's Career Training Platform

Tuition is

$ 497

Behind the Scenes of Beyond Prof

Dr. L. Maren Wood earned her PhD in early American history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After earning her PhD, Maren worked as an adjunct for several years before deciding to leave academia. She first worked as a consultant with the American Historical Association and the Chronicle of Higher Education, researching career outcomes for PhDs.

In 2017, she founded Beyond the Professoriate with the mission of empowering PhDs to consider the range of career options available to them in the creative economy. Aurora launched to institutional partners shortly after. Her work with PhDs in career transition has been featured in leading industry publications and peer reviewed books. She has also served as external advisor on committees such as the Council of Graduate Schools Humanities Advisory Committee.

Dr. Wood is a certified career coach with Strong Interest Inventory® Certification, and is regularly sought as a keynote speaker at national and international conferences. She also writes for Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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