On Campus Workshops

Bring Maren To Campus

Looking for a keynote speaker or a knowledgeable expert to lead workshops for graduate students and postdocs on the non-faculty job search? Bring L. Maren Wood, PhD, founder of Beyond the Professoriate, to your campus.

Maren is a career education specialists who understand the challenges graduate students and recent PhDs face when they launch a job search beyond the professoriate. With over seven years of experience researching, writing, and mentoring PhDs in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM disciplines, Maren has designed workshops to help prepare PhDs for the non-academic job market.

Over the next few months, we will be redesigning our workshops to be interactive online seminars. Check back soon for more details.

How to Launch Your Career Beyond the Professoriate, and Success Stories from PhDs who have

Students will learn:

  • About the history of the academic job market crisis, bringing a nuanced understanding of how we arrived at our current jobs crisis;
  • Trends in academic hiring and career pathways for PhDs who leave the academy;
  • How PhDs successfully find work beyond the professoriate;
  • An overview of the non-faculty job search process, and how it differs from the faculty search and hiring process.

Transferable Skills: Learn to Talk About What You Do

Students will learn:

  • How to conduct a Skills Inventory to identify the skills and abilities they have learned during their graduate education;
  • To identify key skills & core competencies employers are looking for;
  • To communicate their skills and subject matter expertise in a way that makes sense to employers.

How to Prepare & Launch a Successful Job Search Beyond the Professoriate

Students will learn:

  • The importance of building a network and the role networking plays in landing job opportunities;
  • How to use social media (Twitter & LinkedIn) to build an online personal brand and to build a community;
  • How to incorporate public scholarship and public engagement into their academic career;
  • How to gain non-faculty work experience (paid or unpaid) during grad school.

Social Media for the Job Search

Students will be able to:

  • Use social media to demonstrate their skills to future employers.
  • Maximize their engagement on social media platforms and the internet to foster connections.
  • Revise their current public image for a non-academic audience.
  • Create and communicate an effective professional statement.

Resume & Cover Letter Writing Workshop

Students will be able to:

  • Create a resume by incorporating all of the necessary components.
  • Identify the differences between a resume and a CV.
  • Recognize the parts of a resume.
  • Apply strategies to maximize the impact of their resume.

Preparing for a Non-Faculty Interview

Students will be able to:

  • Identify the goals of a non-academic interview.
  • Create an interview strategy.
  • Apply the STAR method to frame the narrative.
  • Articulate relevant experiences to emphasize strengths.

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