Resources for Careers Outside the Academy

Resources for Careers Outside the Academy

Joel Muraco, PhD - Ph.D. Career Counselor
Joel Muraco (Ph.D.) is the Ph.D. Career Counselor for The Graduate College and Postdoctoral Affairs. Dr. Muraco helps graduate students and postdoctoral scholars looking to transition out of academe. He is available to assist with career exploration, online professional profiles, networking, application materials, interviewing, and negotiating job offers. He possesses a wealth of knowledge about the career search process and is especially attuned to the process for PhD level talent. Dr. Muraco can be reached at muraco@email.arizona.edu or (520) 626-8851.

Career Forward Series

The Career Forward Series is a series of Facebook Live events with Dr. Joel Muraco where he addresses multiple topics related to job market preparation. These talks are specifically tailored to postdocs and graduate students who are interested in expanding their career options beyond academia. The past series was held during Summer 2020 and all the recordings can be accessed in our Facebook page

You do not need to have a Facebook account to access the live events or the recordings. You may click on the links and access without registering for an account or signing in.

Recordings of Past Events

Preparing For and Acing Industry Interviews

On Thursday, August 6th, we hosted the last event of our Career Forward Summer Series. This time, Dr. Muraco talked about how best to prepare and practice for industry interviews and provided free resources  to help increase your chances of receiving an industry offer. If you want access to the presentation materials, including the links to the resources mentioned during the talk, please complete our brief attendance survey here.

Creating and Tailoring Industry Appropriate Application Materials

On Thursday, July 23rd, we hosted the third event of our Career Forward Summer Series. In this session, Dr. Joel Muraco talked about how to tailor application materials to clearly communicate how you are a good fit for the role to which you are applying. He provided strategies, tips, and resources for creating effective resumes and cover letters that will get you interviews. If you want access to the presentation materials, including the links to the resources mentioned during the talk, please complete our brief attendance survey here

Branding Yourself for Industry Positions - It's all about your language

On Thursday, July 9, we hosted the second event of our Career Forward Summer Series. In this Facebook Live workshop, Dr. Joel Muraco talked about the importance of learning how to "speak" employers' language outside of the academy. He provided strategies for identifying what employers want, and how to market your skills and experiences in ways that resonate with them. If you want access to the presentation materials, including the links to the resources mentioned during the talk, please complete our brief attendance survey here

Identifying Opportunities Outside the Academy: A how-to guide

On Thursday, June 23, we hosted the first event of our Career Forward Summer Series, on Facebook Live. Dr. Joel Muraco, UArizona PhD. career counselor, provided clear guidance on how to identify job opportunities outside academia. He talked about how to identify possible careers that match your skill set, how to engage in effective networking, and how to strategically use LinkedIn for your professional development. You can watch the entire talk in the link provided above. If you would like access to the presentation materials, including the links to the resources mentioned during the talk, please complete our brief attendance survey here

Leaving Academia: One Postdoc’s Story

On Friday, June 12, we hosted the second of a Summer series Facebook live events with Dr. Joel Muraco, career counselor at UArizona. This time, we heard from Dr. Thomas Moon, UArizona postdoctoral scholar, about his successful transition from academia to industry. Dr. Moon shared his experiences regarding the process of finding industry positions, developing his network and learning how to market his diverse skill set with the guidance of Dr. Muraco’s free career counseling services. You can watch the entire discussion on our Facebook page linked above.

A Conversation about the Current Job Market 

On Thursday, May 28, we hosted the first of a Summer series Facebook live events with Dr. Joel Muraco, career counselor at UArizona.  In this interactive event, Dr. Muraco talked about general tips on how to approach the post-COVID 19 job market, the importance of having a digital presence, and gave a general overview of how to translate academic skills into industry fields. You can watch the entire discussion on our Facebook page linked above.

Career Forward Sprint: Beyond the Academy 

Designed for postdoctoral scholars and graduate students thinking about careers outside the academy, or just wanting to explore potential options outside the academy. This fully online (D2L) program teaches strategies to help you successfully navigate your career beyond the academy, while presenting your most professional self. The 1-month cohort experience covers: 1) career research and discovery, 2) building your network and your professional self, 3) developing your application materials, and 4) preparing for and practicing interviews. In typical Sprint fashion, recommended daily tasks help ensure you keep moving forward! A new cohort begins every month. The program is free, but space is limited. If you have questions or want to reserve your spot, please email Joel Muraco or Ryan Sermon

Other resources for alt-ac careers