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First attendees (while supplies last) will receive a free copy of:
{“So What Are You Going to Do with That! Finding Careers Outside Academia }
by Keynote Susan Basalla May!

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Our Schedule
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Our Conference App: Whova

Beyond Academia is going green! We are offering a free conference app, Whova. We will still have some paper copies of the schedule available upon request during check-in. You can download the free official Whova app for our event and. After downloading, sign up on Whova with the email address that you used to RSVP for our event, or sign up using your social media accounts. If you are asked to enter an invitation code to join the event, please use the following invitation code: BA18

Download our BA2018 Whova Guide and learn how to use all the app features!

You’ll be able to:

  • View the event agenda and plan your schedule.
  • Plan ahead whom to meet at the event by browsing attendee profiles in advance.
  • Send in-app messages and exchange contact info.
  • Find attendees with common affiliations, education, shared networks and social profiles.
  • Receive update notifications from organizers.
  • Access agenda, GPS guidance, maps, and parking directions.

We look forward to seeing you soon at Beyond Academia!

What is Beyond Academia and its Purpose:

Beyond Academia is a career education conference that exposes UC Berkeley PhD students and postdocs to career options outside of academia. Panels on a variety of career tracks give attendees the opportunity to interact with successful and creative professionals, while workshops and networking events allow for discussion in an informal setting.

The first Beyond Academia conference was held in March 2013. It focused primarily on the fields of Psychology, Neuroscience, Vision Science, and Education; the conference sold out at over 200 attendees and 40 speakers and received nationwide media coverage. The high speaker/attendee ratio allowed for frank discussions and ensured that attendees could easily interact with the speakers.

Beyond Academia 2018 will take place on March 1st and 2nd, 2018 – it aims to repeat the success of the last conference and bring it to an even wider audience: the conference will now be a two-day event, and will include speakers from a broader variety of backgrounds. It is our mission to provide an experience that strongly prepares PhDs with relevant options and concrete examples for a career beyond academia in the sector that fits each person the best. The attendees will benefit from direct access to knowledge, communication, and networking opportunities with non-academic professionals who have themselves gone through the transition, including several UC Berkeley alumni.

Why Beyond Academia?

The National Science Foundation reports that about only about 20% of PhDs will successfully attain a tenure-track academic position within 4-6 years of their graduation. The vast majority of PhDs seek careers outside of academia, yet few universities seem to offer career training programs that educate PhD students and postdocs on the opportunities available outside academia.

Who should attend?

If you are considering a career outside of academia, wondering whether or where to pursue a postdoc, or simply interested in hearing about many career options available to PhDs, we encourage you to attend the conference.

Through Beyond Academia you will have a unique opportunity – direct exposure to a diverse representation of non-academic careers, presented by individuals (including UC Berkeley alumni) who have successfully made the transition after receiving a PhD.