Professional Careers

Four-Step Framework for PhD Career Success

Our research shows that PhDs move through four stages during their career transition. PhDs must:

DISCOVER their values, interests, and skills and build a metric.

RESEARCH career pathways that align with their metric. 

IMPLEMENT a job search focused on one career field of interest.

BUILD a career by evaluating their career choices and identifying future opportunities for advancement and growth.

Beyond the Professoriate’s curriculum 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.

Each course includes self-paced video modules and a workbook to help you apply what you are learning in your own job search. This training program is designed to be completed as quickly as 120 days. 

One of the biggest mistakes PhDs make is taking a haphazard approach to the job search. By completing this curriculum, you will build the foundational knowledge you need to apply for jobs, and the confidence to communicate your value to employers. 

If you have any questions, email member@beyondprof.com

STEP 1: DISCOVER

KNOW YOUR OPTIONS

After completing this course, you will be able to:
  • Identify values, motivators, and transferable skills
  • Recognize how skills developed in academia can be applied in industry
  • Write a draft of your PhD career transition story

STEP 2: RESEARCH

EVALUATE YOUR OPPORTUNITIES

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Translate your academic work experience into the language of non-academic employers
  • Use LinkedIn to grow your network and research career options
  • Write a general resume that highlights your transferable skills
  • Determine which career you should try next

STEP 3: IMPLEMENT

IMPLEMENT A PROVEN JOB SEARCH

After completing this course, you will be able to:
  • Apply proven job search strategies to secure an opportunity in a chosen career field
  • Articulate your value to employers through resumes, cover letters, and during an interview
  • Confidently negotiate a job offer for a professional career

STEP 4: BUILD

CAREER EXPLORATION VIDEO LIBRARY

After watching 1:1 interviews with PhDs who have moved into industry, you will be able to:
  • Recognize how PhDs build nonacademic careers
  • Overcome your fears about a career transition
  • Evaluate career pathways that align with your values, interests, and skills
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Based on hundreds of hours of research, we’ve identified 4 specific stages that every PhD must go through when considering nonacademic job options.

The curriculum in Beyond Prof's training platform is designed to effectively move PhDs through these 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.

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