To the PhD Who Wants to Empower Themselves, and Knows They Deserve More Career Options:

In 30 days, you'll walk away with the confidence of knowing what career paths are best suited for YOU.

There are 3 essential criteria every PhD must address if they want to find a job they truly enjoy.

Read on to see how you too can find multiple career paths aligned with YOUR gifts, so that you can land a nonacademic job you enjoy faster.

 “Thank you to the entire Beyond Prof team for turning my non-faculty job search upside down, for the better!”

A Note From the Desk of: Dr. L. Maren Wood

Job searching after your PhD is frustrating and downright stressful. Especially if you’re on the academic job market AND the nonacademic job market. Because if you’re like most PhDs I work with…

you’re worried about finding a job that you truly enjoy.

(And that will, of course, provide financial stability).

Well, the reality is this:

Whether you’re currently committed to starting a nonacademic job search, or you’re still just contemplating what to do after your PhD…


Think about it!

You won’t know whether there are jobs you’d enjoy if you don’t even know the options yet, right? 🙂

But by knowing your different options, by learning about career paths that may suit YOU, you’ll discover you actually have CHOICES. You’ll discover there is not just ONE job out there for you — there may, in fact, be several.

Because here’s the truth:

there are so many career options for smart, talented phds like you.


But how do you even know where to start in a nonacademic job search?

How do you know what jobs you can do with your PhD?

There is so much career advice online, but sometimes it doesn’t apply to PhDs.

Sometimes there’s simply TOO many suggestions that make job searching seem like an insurmountable task (“just do XYZ then ZYX then toss in some frankincense and old man’s beard found on this one 60ft peak in Alaska, and voila, an amazing job appears!”).

And sometimes it’s just too anecdotal (“this worked for me so it could for you too”).

Imagine for just a moment...

… that you could follow a research-driven process with clear action steps for discovering your Optimal Career Pathway™.

… that in less than 30 days you could have a blueprint of the career best suited to you.

… that you’d bring your PhD to a career where you thrived, made good money, and did work you valued.

Well. This process exists.

The step-by-step, research-driven system so you can uncover your optimal career path

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Detailed video training & workbook (plus email support) to uncover your Optimal Career Pathway!

Here’s a sneak peak into what you’ll learn in the course so that you can uncover your optimal career pathway and apply for jobs with confidence and competence.

Through 5 modules you’ll learn:


    The 3 essential criteria every PhD must address if they want to find a job they truly enjoy. Imagine how much easier it would be to consider nonacademic careers if you had an idea of which jobs are a fit for YOU.


    How to identify your transferable skills and talk to nonacademic employers about what you do.


    What the foundation of your PhD career transition is and how to develop a metric for evaluating your career opportuities.


    What career fields are aligned with your Optimal Career Pathway™ so that you can truly enjoy the work you do.


    How to talk about your career transition with confidence.

    When you join Know Your Options, you’ll receive instant access to everything you need to get started and find your Optimal Career Pathway™. Including…


    Complete Process for discovering your Optimal Career Pathway™. Your optimal career pathway is a list of criteria—a metric—by which you will evaluate which jobs are best for YOU. This list is your guiding North Star and critical to effective job searching.


    Detailed Training from Dr. L. Maren Wood that guides you through the step-by-step process you need for finding careers aligned with your skills, values, and abilities.


    An effective plan for starting your nonacademic job search, as well as a career transition story that will help share your skills & talents with the world.


    Email support to help you with questions, roadblocks, and encouragement as you work through finding your optimal career path. 

    It’s time to give yourself the power of choice.
    You deserve to know the opportunities available to you. Just like some of our past students...

    Meeting Maren at the AHA’s last year was a game-changer for me! I knew I wanted out of academia after years on the job market and as I neared the end of my post-doc, but wasn’t sure how to proceed. Working with Maren helped me figure out what I was interested in and and made me realize how valuable my academic skills are outside of the university setting.

    “I could not think more highly of what Maren is doing to help PhDs understand the academic job market and prepare for rewarding careers–whether within or outside of academia. Since 2014, Maren has been at the forefront of addressing the needs of graduate students and PhDs who are considering their career options.”

    “Maren rocks. Her bootcamp was exactly what I needed as a conflicted ABD. My “before” picture looks like a frustrated person with shapeless plans and tons of regret, wearing an oversized t-shirt stained with chocolate and tears”

    “One of my biggest challenges is figuring out how to translate my academic expertise into the language of transferable skills. Beyond the Prof helps me find the language I need not only to convince others that I am well prepared for careers outside academe, but to convince myself of that, too!”

    Enroll in the course now
    for just $49

    in case i missed anything, here's some frequently asked questions...

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

    -Are you considering nonacademic careers?
    -Do you have a general idea of the career fields you’re interested in?
    -Have you started applying to jobs but are still struggling with the process?

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

    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…).

    I’ve taken all that I’ve learnt over 7 years of working with PhDs and compiled it into a clear system to follow so that you can avoid frustrating (and time-consuming) trial and error.

    Plus you’ll get support from me by email. Whenever you have a question as you’re going through the course, drop me a line. We’re here to support our students.

    Just $49 US. Access for 30 days.

    It’s ok if you feel like you want to pursue academic and nonacademic career options. Lots of PhDs I’ve worked with felt this way too — so they ensured they were prepared for both job markets.

    And what they found was that preparation for a nonacademic job search is key — because jumping into a nonacademic job search (like any job search is not easy). It can take upwards of 6 months to land a position, so the earlier you start preparing options, the more opportunities you’ll have when you’re ready to choose a career path.

    This course is designed to give you options and prepare you in case you do end up going the nonacademic route.

    So if you want to make sure you have a plan ahead of time, that’s what we’re here to help with!

    It depends.

    • Do you have a clear idea what career fields you are focusing your job search on?
    • Do you have a draft resume with appropriate keywords based on the professional career field you are interested in?
    • Do you know people in your desired career field?

    If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, this course will probably not help. Instead we recommend you look at the next stage of the job search and our course “Evaluate Your Optimal Career Path.

    If you answered “no” to any of these questions, this course will help you focus your job search and give you more clarity in what you should be pursuing.

    • A four-module training system with 30 day access (value: $197)
    • Yours-to-keep workbook and job search plan (value: $27)
    • Bonus: Email support, so if you have any questions throughout the course we’ll be there to help you work through it (value: $89)

    Total value starting: $313 but you can get started today for just $49.

    Our annual career conference is a great introduction and crash course into the nonacademic job search.

    Know Your Options and our other courses, however, are in-depth courses designed by learning specialists. If you are ready to dive into the world of nonacademic careers, this course will provide you with the step-by-step process for doing so, templates and worksheets for your job search, as well as email support.


    Enroll in the course today!

    about your instructor


    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. 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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