Welcome to Beyond the Academy

Many of the skills you develop during your graduate program are transferable to work in the public, private and non-profit sectors.  What careers are available, how do find the pathways to them, and what skills might you need to refine or develop to work in different environments? 

In this section of the website you can:

  • use the matrix to learn more about the different sectors
  • explore the online career resources available by subscription to MSU students

Beyond the Academy Matrix

Use the matrices below to start exploring careers. We are still adding resources, so keep checking back for updates!

Note: For resources on VersatilePhD.com, Vault.com, and GoingGlobal.com you must first log in through the Career Network at MSU in order to gain full access to the sites: Access point for Versatile PhD | Access point for Vault | Access point for Going Global

  Government Higher Ed Administration Education & Teaching Research Public Sector
  • [+]Exploration-Government
  • [+]Exploration-Higher Ed Administration
  • [+]Exploration-Education & Teaching
  • [+]Exploration-Research - Public Sector
Preparing for Success
  • [+]Preparing for Success-Government
  • [+]Preparing for Success-Higher Ed Administration
  • [+]Preparing for Success-Education & Teaching
  • [+]Preparing for Success-Research - Public Sector
The Job Search
  • [+]The Job Search-Government
  • [+]The Job Search-Higher Ed Administration
  • [+]The Job Search-Education & Teaching
  • [+]The Job Search-Research - Public Sector
  Consulting Business & Managment Education & Teaching Research & Development (R&D)
  • [+]Exploration-Consulting
  • [+]Exploration-Business & Management
  • [+]Exploration-Education & Teaching
  • [+]Exploration-Research & Development (R&D)
Preparing for Success
  • [+]Preparing for Success-Consulting
  • [+]Preparing for Success-Business & Management
  • [+]Preparing for Success-Education & Teaching
  • [+]Preparing for Success-Research & Development (R&D)
The Job Search
  • [+]The Job Search-Consulting
  • [+]The Job Search-Business & Management
  • [+]The Job Search-Education & Teaching
  • [+]The Job Search-Research & Development (R&D)
  NGOs Research Institutes & Think Tanks
  • [+]Exploration-NGOs
  • [+]Exploration-Research Institutes & "Think Tanks"
Preparing for Success
  • [+]Preparing for Success-NGOs
  • [+]Preparing for Success-Research Institutes & "Think Tanks"
The Job Search
  • [+]The Job Search-NGOs
  • [+]The Job Search-Research Institutes & "Think Tanks"

Online Resources Beyond the Academy

Resources available to MSU Students, Postdocs and Faculty

To access either of these resources go to the Career Services Network website and log in using your MSU net ID.

The Versatile PhD

The Versatile PhD is a web-based resource that you can use anytime, from any computer, confidentially. There you will find:

  • A thriving, supportive web-based community where you can participate in discussions, network with PhDs and ABDs outside the academy, or just listen and learn
  • Examples of successful resumes and cover letters that resulted in STEM, humanities, and social science PhDs and ABDs getting their first post-academic positions
  • Compelling first-person narratives written by successful STEM, humanities, and social science PhDs and ABDs who have gone on to non-academic careers, describing how their careers have developed after grad school and where they are today
  • Detail-rich Panel Discussions in which Versatile PhDs working in a given non-academic field describe their jobs and answer questions from grad students like you. Past topics include Freelance Writing and Editing, Higher Education Consulting, Management Consulting, Federal Government and University Administration.

BioCareers is the career hub for postgraduate life scientists, this resource lets you:

  • Search over 1500+ job listings for MS, PhD, and MD holders
  • Attend webinars to expose you to varieties of career paths
  • Join the Bio Careers blog, where you can ask career questions and find bloggers going through the same job transitions you are
  • Access Bio Careers' articles focused on the career needs of postgraduates
Open Access Resources

Check out MSU's Chittenden Commons blog with entries featuring alumni who have used their doctoral degrees to explore a variety of career paths.