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.

Dr. Wood is a career education specialist who understands 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, Dr.Wood has designed workshops to help prepare PhDs for the non-academic job market. She has spoken at campuses all across Canada, the US and the United Kingdom.

Workshop Format

With campuses moving to remote learning during Covid-19, we have redesigned our workshops for the 2020-2021 calendar year. Our new workshops will include a combination of synchronistic and asynchronistic programming and instruction.

What’s included:

  • 60 minutes of recorded content, prepared by Beyond the Professoriate Founder, L. Maren Wood, PhD. The content will be divided into three 20-minute segments and made available to your students one week prior to the live discussion or workshop.
  • 60 minutes Q&A hosted via Zoom webinar. 
  • 20 page workbook to help students apply what they learn to their own job search.

Cost per workshop: $1250 US

Pre-recorded instructional videos will be hosted via Vimeo. Live Q&A and discussion will be hosted via Zoom webinar or meeting. 

Would you like students to access the content for a longer period of time? Recorded Q&A and pre-recorded instructional content can be made available for 16 weeks after the workshop for an additional $500 fee.

Download our flyer for a full list of available workshops.

Popular Workshops

Introduction to the Professional Job Search Process

Many PhDs find the prospect of leaving academia for a new career to be overwhelming. It is important that students recognize that there are stages to a PhD career transition. Each stage has corresponding goals and strategies that can help PhDs accomplish their ultimate goal of beginning a meaningful career after their degree. Beyond the Professoriate has identified four stages of a PhD career transition: Learner, Explorer, Implementor, and Builder. This workshop introduces students to the stages of the job search and helps students identify how to move through a career transition with purpose and strategy.

After attending this workshop, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the needs of academic vs non-academic hiring committees and managers, and how these differences require differing job search strategies.
  • Identify the different stages of the PhD career transition and corresponding goals.
  • Evaluate their own readiness for a professional job search.
  • Develop SMART goals to guide their career exploration and job search process.

How to Job Search Beyond the Professoriate, and Success Stories from PhDs Who Have

The Beyond the Professoriate team has interviewed hundreds of PhDs in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM disciplines, who now work wherever smart people are needed. Through our research, we have identified strategies PhDs leverage when moving from academia into other sectors. The pre-recorded videos for this workshop will combine interviews of PhDs who now work beyond the professoriate and instructional videos by Dr. Wood.

After attending this workshop, students will be able to:

  • Identify challenges and opportunities PhDs encounter when transitioning into non-academic work.
  • Evaluate career pathways for common motivators and interests.
  • Recognize that there are many career pathways available to PhDs in their discipline.
  • Articulate their own values, motivators, and interests.
  • Prepare for informational interviews and networking.

Communicating Your Value to Employers

What do employers and hiring managers value in potential candidates? Which of these skills do PhDs possess? How might PhDs effectively communicate their skills and training to employers? In this workshop, students will learn how to research employers of interest, identify their transferable skills, and translate their academic work experience into the discourse of hiring managers.

After attending this workshop, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the differences between technical skills, interpersonal skills, technical tools, and subject matter expertise.
  • Evaluate job advertisements, company websites, and social media accounts to ascertain a company’s culture, values, and missions.
  • Analyze a job advertisement and identify key skills and core competencies that they already possess.
  • Identify, and develop an action plan, for acquiring additional training (if necessary).

What every PhD needs to know about LinkedIn

A LinkedIn profile might be the first impression a non-academic employer has of a PhD. How can PhDs ensure that they are presenting their skills and work experience in a way that aligns with the expectations of potential employers? This workshop will incorporate what students have learned during the previous five workshops.

After attending this workshop, students will be able to:

  • Identify the purpose of the different components of a LinkedIn user profile.
  • Effectively communicate their transition story to non-academic employers.
  • Adapt their academic work experience to align with the discourse of non-academic employers.
  • Develop a strategy for connecting with professionals on LinkedIn.

The Art of Resume Writing

Hiring managers spend on average 6 seconds reading a resume; they are busy and often required to review hundreds of resumes for a single position. How can a PhD ensure that their resume speaks to the job and needs of employers? This workshop is designed to teach PhDs how to write a resume that will align with the expectations of hiring managers.

After attending this workshop, students will be able to:

  • Recognize how a resume fits into a larger job search strategy.
  • Identify how the resume differs from a C.V., and the components of a resume.
  • Apply strategies to translate academic work into skills non-academic employers value.
  • Confidently draft a resume for the early stages of a job search and career exploration.
  • Develop a strategy for customizing their resume when applying to specific job advertisements.

Inquire for your department or graduate school.

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