"How to Translate Your Skills into Language Non-Academic Employers Understand" by Maren Wood

As part of the Transitioning PhD Blog Series, Maren Wood describes how PhD candidates and recently minted PhDs can identify the transferable skills they have gained in their academic work experience, and convey them to potential non-academic employers. Using examples from academia, such as writing syllabi, Wood provides an exercise in transferring academic skills to a non-academic workplace.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 3:30pm

"Where the Grass is Greener" by Colleen Flaherty

Good news! Colleen Flaherty reports that a new study of some 5.000 humanities and social sciences PhDs finds that those working outside of academia, for example in nonprofits, are significantly happier than their peers working in academic institutions. The study has the potential to help PhD students prepare for and envision a career beyond the professoriate, as most notably the work satisfaction of PhDs working outside the academy is much higher than that of  their tenured peers.

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 4:00pm

"Strategies for Cultivating Strength and Optimism Off the Tenure Track" by Tracy Jenkins

As part of the Transitioning PhD Blog Series, Tracy Jenkins discusses how self-reflection offers the possibility to cultivate the strength and boldness it may require to look beyond the professoriate for a job. She describes several strategies that can help cultivate the confidence that one can be successful outside of the 'safe' confines of academia.

Saturday, February 3, 2018 - 3:45pm

"Leaving Academia: Four Questions to Jumpstart Your Transition to a Meaningful Career" by Jennifer Polk

In the Transitioning PhD Blog Series, Jennifer Polk writes about the four questions any academic should ask themselves before transitioning to a career beyond the professoriate, to help them think through their departure from academia. Offering her own personal experience, as well as the experiences of others she has worked with, Polk challenges readers to think beyond their own narrow ideas of work beyond the professoriate.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 3:45pm

"The History Ph.D.: Beyond ‘Alt-Ac’" by Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty explains the recommendations of the American Historical Association, who stress that departments set their graduate students up for interdisciplinary and collaborative research experiences that go beyond the theshold of academia. This, the AHA argues, will give graduate students the skills and support to succeed in nonfaculty jobs, and directly counter the implication that these jobs are somehow 'less than' faculty jobs. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 5:30pm

7th Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium - Registration Open

Pre-registration to attend the 7th Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium (APCS) is now open. The event will be held on Thursday February 15th 2018 from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm pm at Mid-Campus 1 Building, MD Anderson Cancer Center.


The registration fills up fast, so register early to ensure that you get a spot in the APCS! You will initially register on a wait list and you will receive full confirmation a week after we close registration. Register here.


The title of this year’s APCS is “Put your career in gear”. We have organized a full day of breakout sessions and workshops that will be useful for postdoctoral researchers and graduate students to understand their future career choices and opportunities in the biomedical field and beyond. We will also offer networking opportunities after each session in the form of Coffee Breaks and during a formal reception in the evening. We have confirmed speakers from GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly, Novartis, McKinsey and many more! Do not miss this unique opportunity to put your career in gear!



Dr. Kevin Folta

Professor and Chairman of Horticultural Sciences
The University of Florida
Creator "Talking Biotech" Podcast


For more information please visit

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 4:45pm

"Three Key Considerations for Your Next Non-Academic Job Interview" by Heidi Scott Giusto

Heidi Scott Giusto lists three things to take into account when preparing for a non-academic job interview, and gives helpful tips to prepare for different kinds of interviews.

Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 5:45pm

"Tips on Informational Interviews" by Maren Wood

Maren Wood explains how the informational interview can give graduate students and PhD's an 'in' in a nonacademic jobmarket that relies heavily on networking.

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 5:45pm

"So you think you want a tenure-track job?", by Liz Swan

Liz Swan explains how she realized that what is often considered the Holy Grail for early-career researchers, the tenure-track job, was not what she wanted after all.

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 1:00pm

"Boost your job prospects by attending campus careers events for PhDs", by Chris Humphrey

Chris Humphrey highlights the benefits of attending the various career events that are available to PhD students, from campus career events to career events from their professional organizations.

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 2:15pm