Upcoming Events

Beyond Academia Conference 2023

February 23 & 24, 2023

For the 11th consecutive year, the Beyond Academia Conference will gather panels, workshops, and keynote lectures aimed at PhD professional development and careers outside of academia. Registration is free and open to graduate students and postdocs at any institution. Register now!

New Blog Posts!

David V. Johnson, PhD

Dr. David V. Johnson, Editor and Writer, Talks About Transitioning from Academia to Journalism

February 9, 2022
By Urte Laukaityte

Beyond Academia’s Urte Laukaityte sat down (virtually) with David V. Johnson, PhD to discuss his journey from a professorship in academic philosophy to his current roles as Deputy Editor at Stanford Social Innovation Review and Co-Editor at The Raven.

Our mission

To educate people in academia on their non-academic career options

Many grad students feel that academia is their only career option. We help people explore all their options in an honest and low-pressure environment.

To help PhDs see how their skills and knowlege translate outside of academia.

PhDs acquire highly valuable skills during their training, but often people think the skills only apply to academia. We help people see beyond this.

Our values


We're not against academic careers. We just want PhDs to know it's not their only option.

All disciplines

We work for all PhDs, regardless of their field: Humanities, Social Science or STEM.

Our partners

Platinum Tier Sponsors:

UC Berkeley Division of Student Affairs Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Student Services and Fees

Visiting Scholars and Postdoc Affairs (VSPA)

Gold Tier Sponsors:

Molecular and Cell Biology

Blue Tier Sponsors:

The Graduate Assembly Bioengineering
Physics Chemistry QB3

In collaboration with:

The Graduate Division
The Erdos Institute
The Cal Career Center