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Info on the 2015 Beyond the Professoriate conference

Jennifer Polk explains why PhDs should sign up, either as a participant or as a speaker.


After the success of last year’s conference, Maren Wood (from Lilli Research Group) and I are once again hosting Beyond the Professoriate, a two-day online conference for graduate students and PhDs. The conference will take place on two consecutive Saturdays this spring: May 2, and May 9, 2015. Day one will feature panel discussions with PhDs from a variety of educational backgrounds and careers. Day two is Professional Development Day, and will consist of several special presentations from experts in the field. For a fuller sense of things, check out last year’s schedule and speaker bios.

Over one hundred graduate students and PhDs from Canada, the United States, and the UK registered for the first conference in 2014. Twenty three PhDs spoke about their career journeys, answered questions, and provided PhD-specific information and advice. This year, we’re aiming for a much large number of participants. New this year, we’re offering discounted group rates for institutions. More information about this on our website, where you can also download the flyer. Academic departments, faculties of graduate studies, and career service centres: take note!

Are you interested in presenting at the conference? Read the Info for Presenters on our website. The call for panelists and presenters is open until March 1, 2015. We’d love to hear from you!

Jennifer Polk
Jennifer Polk is a career coach and entrepreneur. She earned her PhD in history from the University of Toronto in 2012. For more information and resources, check out her website:
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