beyond academia logoBeyond Academia is a graduate student group aimed at helping to inform PhD students and postdocs at Berkeley about career opportunities outside academia. Coming soon is the 5th annual Beyond Academia Conference, as well as a new Careers Reception event!


Beyond Academia Conference

March 2 and 3, 2017
8 am – 6 pm
Clark Kerr Campus

Attend this two-day conference with more than 100 PhDs who have transitioned into industry. They will lead career education panels and workshops designed to empower graduate students and postdocs to expand their career prospects beyond the traditional academic track.

  • Keynote addresses by Alexandra Zafiroglu (PhD in Cultural Anthropology) and Tanya Moore (PhD in Biostatistics)
  • 20 panels showcasing PhDs who have transitioned into careers as diverse as data science, public policy, and arts and culture
  • 12 professional development workshops to help you nail the job hunt process, acquire transferable skills, and make your transition from academia a success
  • A networking lunch and reception each day, to allow you to network and make important connections with attendees and invited speakers

Early Bird Registration is open.  Register via Eventbrite for both conference days at a discounted price of $30.


Sign up to Organize Beyond Academia 2017!

Are you interested in planning the biggest and best conference yet?  This is a great opportunity to broaden your career horizons, build your resumé, and expand your professional network. Get experience working with a fun, interdisciplinary team and build skills in project management and event organization.

Email info@beyondacademia.org with a brief bio and a short personal statement (1 – 3 paragraphs) explaining why you want to join and what kind of relevant experiences or skills you can contribute (e.g., website management, communication, event planning, marketing, etc). Don’t forget to state your status (graduate student or postdoc) and affiliation. Send your statement by January 13, 2017.


Careers Reception

March 22, 2017
2 – 6 pm
International House, UC Berkeley

Graduating soon? Network with companies looking to hire PhDs and postdocs with representatives from consulting, biotech, and data science. 

The Beyond Academia Careers Reception is a half-day event that connects PhD students and postdocs to companies looking to hire PhDs in the short-to-medium term. Those who are considering careers in tech, biotechnology, and consulting are encouraged to attend.

2 — 2:45 pm: Panel discussion: Recruiters and managers of PhDs discuss why they value PhDs

2:45 — 3:10 pm: Company pitches: Participating companies summarize what they do and what they are looking for in new hires.

3:10 — 5:15 pm: Company presentations and speed networking: Attend in-depth presentations on companies, interview, and speak one-on-one with recruiters. Light refreshments provided.

5:15 — 6 pm: Concluding dessert reception with additional unstructured networking time.


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