9th Annual Online Career Conference for PhDs

Presented by ETS Global Higher Education

May 7th & 14th, 2022 | ONLINE

The Overview

It’s our 9th annual online career conference this year. Over the past eight years, this conference has helped nearly 10,000 doctoral students, PhDs, and faculty to job search and build careers beyond the professoriate. 

Beyond Prof’s online career conference is for you if you want to learn:

1) About nonacademic career opportunities for PhDs and explore your options;

2) How to leverage your education and launch a nonacademic job search with confidence;

3) What it takes to build a successful nonacademic career as a PhD.

Leaving academia can feel like a big, mysterious step into the unknown. After years of being successful in academia, it can be daunting and overwhelming to launch a professional job search. Every one of our 16 speakers has been where you are now, but they have successfully made the leap to industry and are thriving. They want to help you do the same.

Our introductory workshops will help you build a foundation for you job search, and our career panels will help you learn the truth about job searching as a PhD. You’ll hear directly from PhDs about their experience job searching, interviewing, and building new professional communities.

Who Should Attend? Doctoral students, recent PhDs, postdocs, adjuncts, faculty members … and anyone else interested in learning about career options for PhDs.

Attend Live: May 7th & 14th, starting at 11:00 AM (ET) both days. Conference is virtual via Zoom webinar.
Video Replay: Yes! Your pass includes a 30 day replay.
Price: $67 US to attend live and unlock the replay. Save 20% with an early bird ticket for a total of $53.60 US.
Discounts: Buying tickets for your students or postdocs? Discounts are available for bulk purchases of 10 or more. Email events@beyondprof.com for information and bulk purchase.

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    Conference Ticket
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How to Attend
EARLY BIRD
Conference Ticket
Institutional & Individual Subscribers
How to Attend
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USD
Check if your institution subscribes to our platform.
Live Attendance
Bonus Study Guide
On-demand Replay30 day replay60 day replay
Bonus Discussion Session (post-conference)
Chance to Win Additional Prizes
Buy NowCheck my institution

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

11.00 – 12.00 PM ET: How to Use Assessments with Dan Olson-Bang, PhD (Director, Office of Graduate Professional and Career Development, Syracuse University)

After this session you will be able to:

  • Identify how assessments can be valuable to career exploration.
  • Use assessments to aid your career exploration, networking, and goal setting.
  • Apply assessment results to identify career paths of interest, in particular careers beyonds academia.

12.15 – 1.15 PM ET: Identifying Your Most Marketable Skills with Diane Sepa-Kishi, PhD (Instructional Designer and Product Manager, The Center for Graduate Career Success)

After this session you will be able to:

  • Recognize the challenges PhDs have when identifying their skills.
  • Describe the importance of translating academic skills into the language of employers. 
  • Develop a plan to identify your most marketable skills. 
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1.30 – 2.30 PM ET: How to Research Career Options That are Right for You with Malisa Kurtz, PhD (Digital Marketing Strategist, The Center for Graduate Career Success)

After this session you will be able to :

  • Recognize why networking is critical to your career exploration and job search.
  • Create achievable goals for building your network.
  • Use the internet to discover nonacademic job options as part of your job search strategy.
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2.45 – 3.45 PM ET: How to Communicate Your Value to Employers with L. Maren Wood, PhD (CEO & Director, The Center for Graduate Career Success)

After this session you will be able to :

  • Identify what employers value in job candidates.
  • Explain the challenges PhDs have when communicating their value and skills to employers.
  • Write effective STAR stories that describe how you’ve applied your skills with success.

Day 2: Career Success

11:00 – 12:00 PM ET: Networking 

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. There are plenty of ways to connect with people, as our panelists will discuss.

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Omar Abdullah, PhD (Cultural Studies), Director of Business Development, Guardian Computer
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Nicole Catanzarite, PhD (Neuroscience and Cognitive Science), Biological Scientist, US Government Accountability Office and Neuroscience Policy Liaison, DC Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience
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Michael A. Miner, PhD (Sociology), Quantitative Researcher, Instagram

12.15 – 1.15 PM ET: Hiring and Negotiating

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.

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Raashi Rastogi, PhD (English), Director of Research, Gartner
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Sreekul Raj Rajagopal, PhD (Photonics), Test Engineer, II-VI Incorporated
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Megan C. Brown, PhD (Experimental Psychology), Director of Knowledge Management & Data Literacy, Starbucks

1.30-2.30 PM ET: Deciding to Leave Academia

Leaving academia can feel like a big, mysterious step into the unknown. How do you know if it’s the right decision for you, and how can you find meaningful and impactful work outside of academia? Our panelists will share their tips and strategies for making the transition into nonacademic work and how they found their new careers.

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Ping-Yuan Wang, PhD (History), Senior Curriculum Developer/Technical Instructor, CloudBees
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Adrian Taylor, PhD (Human Health and Nutritional Science), Medical Writer, INVIVO Communications
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Fatima Kamal, PhD (Molecular Biology and Genetics), Safety Aggregate Report Specialist II, IQVIA

2.45-3.45 PM ET: Transitioning into a 9 to 5 Job

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.

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Marcos Moldes, PhD (Communication Studies), Qualitative UX Research Lead, Pinterest
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Libby Pier, PhD (Educational Psychology), Chief of Staff and Director of Impact, Education Analytics
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Lorne Jordan, PhD (Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biophysics), Senior Scientist, Pfizer

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."
  • Conference Ticket
  • Institutional & Individual Subscribers
How to Attend Conference TicketInstitutional & Individual Subscribers
How to Attend
$67
USD
Check if your institution subscribes to our platform.
Live Attendance
Bonus Study Guide
On-demand Replay30 day replay60 day replay
Bonus Discussion Session (post-conference)
Chance to Win Additional Prizes
Buy NowCheck my institution

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! We cannot emphasize this enough — the earlier you learn about career opportunities and what it takes to launch a nonacademic job search, the better. Learning about what it takes to build a successful career as a PhD now can prepare you for an easier, quicker transition when you are ready. 

Yes! Several of our speakers held postdocs and can speak to the transition. During the conference you’ll learn how to leverage your education and experience during your postdoc to launch a job search with confidence.

Definitely! We have a wide range of speakers, including former faculty who left their positions to move into nonacademic careers. You’ll hear how they leveraged their experience into new professional career paths, and how you can translate your own skills and experience into a nonacademic career.

Yes! We have a wide range of speakers, including former faculty who left their positions to move into nonacademic careers. You’ll hear how they leveraged their experience into new professional career paths, and how you can translate your own skills and experience into a nonacademic career.

The conference is held over two days: May 7th and 14th starting at 11am ET and ending at 3:45pm ET. This is a virtual conference, held via Zoom Webinar, which means you will see and hear panelists but they won’t see or hear you. Attend from the comfort of your home, take notes at your convenience, and let’s start exploring career options together!

Yes, your ticket gives you access to 30 day replay. Institutional and individual subscribers to Beyond Prof’s programming have 60 day replay access.

Yes. Discounts are available for bulk purchases of 10 or more. Email events@beyondprof.com for information and bulk purchase.

You are certainly welcome to attend, but programming for this conference is designed specifically to support PhDs exploring nonacademic careers. 

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Until we see you at the conference!

About Beyond the Professoriate

Beyond the Professoriate teaches graduate students and PhDs how to leverage their education into meaningful careers in academia and beyond. We partner with universities to deliver our programming and structured curriculum through digital training platforms, enabling an institution to scale career services to meet the needs of a growing and diverse graduate student population. We support over 20,000 students annually through webinars, curriculum, and conferences. Beyond the Professoriate was founded in 2017 by L. Maren Wood, PhD.

About ETS

At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually—including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments—in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

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