Careers Beyond Academia

Check out the list of events organized the Postdoctoral Affairs that focused on a series of topics related to careers beyond academia:

UArizona Events

A Conversation about the Current Job Market

Leaving Academia: One Postdoc’s Story

Identifying Opportunities Outside the Academy: A how-to guide

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

Creating and Tailoring Industry Appropriate Application Materials

Preparing For and Acing Industry Interviews

Leaving the Academy: An International Postdoc's Story

"What's next, Doc?": From Postdoc to Careers Beyond Academia

Careers Beyond Teaching in Academia

External Events

NPA (National Postdoctoral Association) SmartSkills Webinar Series

SmartSkills is a free, virtual course for postdocs who are members* of the NPA. Monthly classes are taught by experts and focus on building skills critical to career and personal success.

All UArizona postdocs are already affiliated members of NPA, so sign in and participate in the events for free!

Career Forward Sprint: Beyond the Academy

1-Month Cohort D2L Program

For postdoctoral scholars thinking about careers outside the academy. This free, 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
4) Preparing for and practicing interviews

In typical Sprint fashion, recommended daily tasks help ensure you keep moving forward! 

For further information, please email Dr. Nordell ( or Ivette Merced (

Beyond the Lab Series

In the “Beyond the Lab” series, the ASPIRE Program interviews Vanderbilt PhD and postdoctoral alumni about their career path. Season 5 will launch in Fall 2021, with new episodes each Tuesday. To subscribe, find it on iTunesStitcher, SoundCloud, or the web

NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) - Workshops

Introduction: Industry Careers

Jobs with the Federal Government

NIH Annual Career Symposium 2023 - Recording of the Main Talks

Other Resources


Join an Organization

Take the opportunity to join local and national organization and societies that can support your career development outside academia. By joining these organizations, you will be gaining numerous possibilities to network, have access to various recourses, and eventually get your dream job! 

Directory of Organizations
List of Professional Associations & Organizations
List of industry trade groups in the United States


Create a strong self-identification and profile

Brand yourself by creating effective communication skills and self-identification strategies. It is also important to work on your online profile and your presence in all kinds of interpersonal activities.

Online Platforms to build your online profile: