Beyond Academia Beyond Academia is a yearly professional development conference created by UC Berkeley PhD students and postdocs to expose their peers to career options outside of academia. Their main objective is to educate students on the translatable skills they have acquired during their graduate work. They believe it is never too early for PhD students and postdocs to educate themselves about their career options. Their conferences bring career professionals and successfully transitioned PhDs to speak with graduate students and postdocs considering alternative career options. These conferences also include workshops and networking events for close interaction between students and panelists.