We help master's students and PhDs thrive in today’s fast-changing economy. This podcast provides tips and strategies for embarking on the next great phase of your career with confidence. In each episode we’ll talk about career options for master's graduates and PhDs, demystify the job search, and discuss the psychological barriers graduates encounter in their job search after academia. Your host, Dr. Maren Wood, is Director and CEO of Beyond Graduate School and Beyond the Professoriate. She is a successful entrepreneur and international keynote speaker.
Episode 36: Writing to people and not hearing back? Here’s why and how to fix it.
Networking is really hard and difficult. It's hard to put yourself out there and ask people for help. So, it's demoralizing when you are reaching out to people on LinkedIn but nobody is writing you back.
In this episode, Dr. Maren Wood talks about some of the biggest mistakes graduate students and PhDs are making when reaching out to people on LinkedIn. To be effective at networking, you need to think about WHO you're reaching out to, WHEN you're reaching out to them, and WHY you're reaching out to them.
Episode 35: Why lottery-style job searches don't work.
Many graduate students and PhDs try to stay "open to anything" in their job search. They wrongly assume that staying broad in their job search will help them land an opportunity quickly. They worry about being "too picky."
While you don't want to unnecessarily limit your options, you DO want to be clear on who you are as a job candidate and how your unique combinations of talents and skills can help an organization succeed. This means conducting a lot of market research to really understand your audience.
In this episode, you'll learn how to find the "sweet spot" between being too narrow and too broad in your job search.
Episode 34: How to network when you don't have a network
Networking is one of the most important ways to explore career options and land jobs. But it can be intimidating and overwhelming, especially if you don't have a network. How do you build a network if you don't have a network? In this episode, Maren shares tips and strategies you can use to help graduate students, PhDs, and alumni, build authentic networks so that they can identify career options, land opportunities, and build meaningful careers.
Episode 33: Why your resume isn't getting you interviews
Many job seekers spend hours stressing about perfecting their resumes. It makes sense - it's something you can control. We often use resumes as a metric in the job search, counting the number we've submitted or the number we plan to send per week. It can be frustrating and demoralizing when we don't hear back from employers.
In this episode, Maren discusses 3 common myths about resumes, and how job seekers can actually land interviews for coveted positions.
Episode 32: If Higher Ed was an Amazon product, it would have 1 star reviews
Alumni are struggling. In study after study after study, the evidence is clear: alumni are not able to build the careers they want with their degrees. And when alumni struggle, they blame their institution and their education.
And they do so, publicly.
In this episode, Dr. L. Maren Wood shares data on the underemployment crisis affecting graduate students, and how their negative experiences are impacting the reputation and long-term financial future of graduate programs.
Episode 31: "Should I accept that my school took my loan money and ran?"
Graduate alumni are struggling to land jobs where they can leverage their education and training. About 40% of master's degree holders and 34% of PhDs report being in jobs that don't actually benefit from their advanced education and training.
In this episode, L. Maren Wood, PhD, talks about the implicit and explicit promise of graduate education - that it will help students build jobs and lives they couldn't without their degrees. But, when so many alumni are underemployed, it erodes the American public's trust in graduate education.
The way to fix this problem? Universities need to scale career education and job search support so that alumni are able to build careers where they are paid for their education and training.
Learn the Techniques and Mindset To Find Your Next Career
Dr Wood shares terrific tools, perspectives, and techniques on charting the next stage of your career.
This podcast provides absolutely crucial information on job search strategies beyond academia in a convincing and immediately applicable way. The episode “death by a thousand papercuts” is the best way to understand what is going on (hint - it’s not you, it’s academia) and learn to love your decision to leave the exploitative situation. I am so grateful for Maren and her team!!!