At Beyond the Professoriate, we help graduate 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 PhDs, demystify the nonacademic job search, and discuss the psychological barriers PhDs encounter in a career transition. Your host, Dr. Maren Wood, is Founder of Beyond the Professoriate, a career coach and international keynote speaker.
Episode 8: "What Can I Do With My PhD?" Is the wrong question to ask.
When PhDs start our job search, we often begin with "what can I do with my PhD?" Depending on your discipline, the answer might be ... nothing. There might not be direct pathways out of academia into nonacademic careers where you'll leverage your...
Episode 7: Burnout. Here’s 5 things you can do to help you recover and change your habits.
Did you say yes to 7 things when you only had time for 5? When we constantly over commit, we set ourselves up for failure and, ultimately, burn out. And now you're behind, exhausted, and wondering how you'll manage it all? Overwork leads to burn-out....
Episode 6: Death by a Thousand Papercuts
Academia is awash in a sea of talent, and yet there are few too jobs for all the talented people. The result is a race to the bottom: a reliance on adjunct and postdoc labor that is paid as little as possible. And this reality will be with us for the...
Episode 5: Job Search the Smart Way
So often, graduate students and PhDs take a “spaghetti” approach to the job search - they just throw resumes against the wall, hoping something will stick. That seldom works. And when it doesn’t work, what graduate students and PhDs learn is, not that...
Episode 4: Feeling like you lack career options? You're not alone. Here's what our research shows.
Since 2014, Maren has focused on understanding two related problems: what are the emotional, psychological, and social obstacles grad students and PhDs face when they leave academia; and what is the process by which PhDs successfully make career...
Episode 3 : Academic vs. Professional hiring practices (and why you need a different strategy)
Academic hiring is very different from professional hiring, and PhDs and grad students need to use a very different strategy when applying for nonacademic jobs. In this episode, Maren analyzes the goals and criteria of academic hiring, and how this...
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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!!!