A Note from Maren

Welcome to How to Launch a Non-Faculty Career as a Graduate Student!

If you’re a graduate student trying to make the most of your time in graduate school and discover how you might use your PhD in the non-academic market, you’ve come to the right place.

This four-unit course is designed to help you in your non-academic career exploration and transition. You’ll learn:

  • How to leverage your graduate education by assessing your personal values, skills, interests, needs, and constraints;
  • How you might use your dissertation to learn new skills, network, and build your next career;
  • How to articulate and market the skills you developed while teaching in graduate school;
  • How to evaluate your career options by exploring the instructional designer role. 

The Beyond the Professoriate team has also prepared a companion workbook with self-reflection and self-assessment questions to guide you through this process. You can download it and print it – it’s yours to keep.

Happy learning!

L. Maren Wood, PhD        

Who is this course for?

  • STEM, social science, or humanities grad students.

  • Grad students in the beginning stages of their career exploration.

  • Grad students who are a year or two into their program and are preparing for their dissertation work.

What will I learn?

  • How to prepare for nonacademic careers throughout your graduate school experience.

  • How to identify and articulate your transferable skills and value as a STEM, social science, or humanities PhD.

  • How to leverage your dissertation and teaching experience for success in careers beyond the professoriate.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Instructions for this course

    • Welcome to the course!
    • Download your workbook
  • 2

    Unit 1: Leveraging your graduate education

    • Leveraging your graduate education: An introduction (2:52)
    • Assess your values, skills, and interests (17:12)
    • Assess your personality, needs, and constraints (3:28)
    • Exploring and evaluating career options (18:08)
  • 3

    Unit 2: How to use your dissertation to build a non-academic career

    • How to use your dissertation to build a non-academic career: An introduction (4:32)
    • What a dissertation teaches you (8:33)
    • Build your community while dissertating (6:47)
    • Design your dissertation to learn concrete skills (3:07)
    • Choose a relevant topic for your dissertation (3:37)
    • What to do if your topic is already set (3:43)
    • Enlisting your committee (5:56)
  • 4

    Unit 3: How to market your teaching experience

    • How to market your teaching experience: An introduction (3:16)
    • Teaching is a competitive advantage (3:07)
    • 10 transferable skills in teaching - Part I (13:53)
    • 10 transferable skills in teaching - Part II (18:32)
    • What to do if you didn't teach in grad school (14:53)
  • 5

    Unit 4: Career Spotlight - How to become an instructional designer

    • Introduction: Instructional designer spotlight (2:09)
    • What is instructional design? (8:22)
    • Skills for instructional design (11:55)
    • Where to find instructional design jobs (14:33)
    • Preparing for a career in instructional design (4:50)
  • 6

    Next Steps...

    • Congrats! Here's what's next...

Plan ahead for your career. Enroll now.

Whether you're just starting research or beginning to write your dissertation, now is the time to plan ahead for many career options.

Learn how you can build your academic AND professional skills at the same time while in grad school.

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What's Included

  • Downloadable workbook

    As part of the course you will receive a downloadable workbook with over 20 worksheets to help you

  • 4 Hours of instructional videos

    The course includes 4 hours of instructional videos to help you start your career exploration and planning for professional careers.

  • Career spotlight: Instructional Design

    Learn about one professional career path in education: instructional design. Learn how to leverage your teaching and research skills in this growing field.


  • How long do I have access to the course for?

    You will have access to the course for 60 days.

    The workbook is downloadable and yours to keep. We recommend you fill out the exercises as you complete the modules and takes notes that you can refer back to throughout your job search.

  • How long does it take to complete the course?

    The course is self-paced. You'll receive all the course materials at once, and can proceed as fast or as slow as you'd like! (As long as you complete it within 60 days of purchase.)

    Depending on how long you spend completing the exercises, the course can take, in total, between 6 - 10 hours.

  • What if I have questions?

    We know you sometimes need 1:1 support and coaching, and we're happy to provide students of the course with personalized coaching sessions.

    If you're going through the course and find you need more tailored advice, you'll be able to book a session with Maren by emailing: courses@beyondprof.com.

Regular price $49 USD.

Get the course today for $10 off with code "gradschoolsuccess."