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 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.
Episode 30: Academics need not apply
There's a trend happening in tech: companies are including language in job ads stating that they will not accept academics transitioning out of higher education for new positions. Why?
In this episode, L. Maren Wood discusses the chasms between industry and academia that make it difficult for new graduates to land opportunities. While academia values credentials and academic disciplines, employers value skills and the application of those skills. Industry and academia have very different work styles, and master's students and PhDs have an enormous learning curve when they enter industry; many companies don't have the resources to retrain academics. And finally, universities are doing an inadequate job of preparing students for the job search.
Episode 29: Focus on the student and everything else follows
We talk about "graduate students" as though doctoral and master's students are the same. They are not. PhD and master's students pursue their education and training with very different goals in mind. Doctoral programs and master's programs look nothing alike. The challenges that master's and doctoral students encounter when they apply for jobs in industry are also very, very, different.
In this first episode of season two, L. Maren Wood, PhD, shares research findings about the unique challenges facing doctoral students and master's students. To provide effect career and professional development training, we need to understand the different segments of the graduate student population.
Episode 28: PhD wins in 2021, and what we should do going into 2022.
We're concluding our final episode for Season 1 of the podcast with some big wins!
In this episode, Maren shares success stories of podcast listeners who recently landed nonacademic jobs. What did they do to be successful? They evaluated their strategy and identified where they were going wrong in their job search.
In this episode, Maren shares these wins, what these PhDs did to land their new jobs, and gives you that pep-talk you were needing to make big changes in 2022.
Episode 27: Entry level isn't an insult. It's an opportunity.
A lot of PhDs are frustrated by the idea that they need to start entry-level in their nonacademic careers. That somehow, entry level is an insult to our advanced education and training. In this episode, Maren talks about why entry level positions are actually an opportunity and a critical component of building a new nonacademic career.
Truth and insights that inform and inspire
You will feel heard and understood and perhaps discover what’s been holding you back from your success. Topics are relevant and rich. Maren Wood brings an authentic style, straight talk, evidence and empathy to her well crafted episodes. She tells real-life success stories and shares research data to support her great advice. Well worth adding to you favorites list!
Dr. Wood really understands the fear, hesitancy and anxieties among PhDs
I have never had such honest, transparent and in-depth “discussions.” I wish I have found out this resource earlier, because Dr Wood covered a lot of things that I have secretly/quietly in my mind.
Also, Congratulations, Dr Wood—what a niche that you have found! Good to hear your personal stories and see how past struggles have turned into valuable resources for today’s business.