Introduction to the Professional Job Search
Develop your Optimal Career PathwayTM

Discovery Course Thumbnails
  • The 4 Stages of PhD Career Transition
  • Questions to Ask and Tools You Can Use as You Begin your First Stage of Career Transition
  • What Academic and Nonacademic Employers Value in Job Candidates
  • Using your Optimal Career Pathway to Find Your Next Career
  • How long does a job search take?

About this lesson

Moving from academia to the professional workforce can feel overwhelming. How do you even find jobs you’re qualified for? Will you be intellectually engaged or happy? What kind of salary can you expect to learn? How do you convert a CV into a resume?

Beyond the Professoriate’s comprehensive curriculum is designed to help you move through your job search with purpose and strategy. Our research shows that successful career transitions for PhDs happen in four stages. Based on this research, we have developed a curriculum that helps you move through the job search process with purpose and strategy. Know Your Options will help you complete the first stage of discovering your values, motivators, and most marketable skills. The work you do in this course will help you build a metric – Your Optimal Career PathwayTM – which you will use to evaluate possible careers.

Complete this lesson to learn more about the four-step process and how the resources in the Beyond Prof PhD Career Training Platform can help you prepare for a nonacademic job search.

Workbook Activity

This lesson covers pages 7-8 in the Know Your Options Workbook. You can also use the Take Notes widget to complete this activity.  

  1. The Discovery Stage should take you approximately 30 days to complete. How will your organize your time to complete this course in that time frame? Set SMART goals for the next 4 weeks.

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Introduction to the Professional Job Search

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Beyond Prof's training platform is easy to navigate. Students can move between lessons, or come back to a lesson when they need to refresh their memory (e.g. preparing for an interview!).

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Timestamps allow learners to quickly access information to move them forward in their job search.

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Quizzes test foundational knowledge learned in the lesson.

Students can earn a certification of completion by competing all quizzes in a program of study.

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To encourage active learning, Beyond Prof's training platform includes a Take Notes widget with prepopulated questions and exercises. Students type directly into the widget while watching the video, and then print or save their notes.

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This course teaches foundational knowledge for the job search. Many PhDs skip the Discovery stage, which leads to frustration and job search failure.

In this course, Dr. Wood helps PhDs identify their strengths, skills, and potential career pathways so they can leverage their education into careers they find meaningful and intellectually stimulating.

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