Beyond the Professoriate is a community for graduate students and PhDs -- at any stage of their career -- to connect with like-minded people in a safe space to explore career options. Members access the information, tools, and support they need to launch a meaningful career.

BP started as an annual online conference in 2014. Four fantastic events later, we launched our community to provide career panels, workshops, job search strategy sessions, and PhD peer mentorship all year round.



 Benefits of Membership


» Strategize, stay-focused, and find support at exclusive weekly virtual meetings hosted by Maren and Jen

» Expand your knowledge of career opportunities for PhDs by attending live career panel

» Learn how to launch your successful job search at our live online workshops, designed by and for PhDs

» Access our members-only video library of past workshops and career panels to learn additional strategies for success

» Receive answers to your job search questions from peers and mentors in our members-only  groups and forums

» Build relationships with PhD mentors working beyond the professoriate and network with peers



The Four Principles of Beyond the Professoriate


Curiosity - Leaving academia for a new career requires us to engage with new people, discover new things about ourselves, and learn new skills. Be open to change and challenges, and be prepared to be surprised.

Engagement - A community is as strong as its members. Think not only about what you can gain from this community, but what you can contribute.

Respect -  Every member is on their own journey and joins our community for their own unique reasons.  We (the community) are here to support, encourage, and inspire.

Action - Incorporate into your job search what you learn and discover in the community. By actively engaging in the process of learning, exploration, and discovery.



About Our Founders


Jennifer Polk earned a PhD in History from the University of Toronto. Jen is passionate about helping PhDs transition into jobs and careers they find meaningful. She loves the career exploration process.

In addition to her work at Beyond the Professoriate, Jen is a career coach helping a diverse group of graduate students and PhDs from all around the world navigate life and career in and after graduate school. She also hosts Self-Employed PhD, an online community for freelancers, consultants, and business owners.

Jen’s spoken throughout North America on life and work after a doctorate, and her writing has appeared in Chronicle Vitae, the Globe and Mail, and University Affairs.

Follow Jen on Twitter @FromPhDtoLife and connect with her on Linkedin.



L. Maren Wood earned a PhD in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Maren has been a lead researcher on several important studies on the academic and non-academic job market for humanities and social science PhDs, working for the American Historical Association and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Her writing has appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education and University Affairs.

Maren is often invited to campuses as a keynote speaker to present her original research. She also delivers interactive workshops to help graduate students prepare for a non-faculty job search. In addition to her research, Maren provides one-to-one career coaching to PhDs.

Follow Maren on Twitter @drmarenw and connect with her on Linkedin.