My own post-academic transition was one of the most brutal, but ultimately most gratifying things I’ve ever accomplished. I want to support others as they set out on this path. It really is OK to Quit. ~ Karen
Need Help Imagining Your Postac Future? Start Here!
1. Sign up for The Art of Leaving: a 6-week email series designed to walk you through questions and reflections to re-imagine yourself outside of the Academy.
2. Schedule a 30-minute postac phone or Zoom consultation ($100). Figure out which post-ac services (described below) might be right for you and work with your coach to create a customized strategy for finding, applying for and landing a non-academic job.
3. Visit the private Professor Is Out Facebook group for advice, resources, moral support and commiseration! Please consider supporting this FB group on our Ko-Fi – link below to help cover admin team stipends and keep the page free.
Drop Us a Line at Postaccareers@gmail.com to get matched with a coach today!
We understand: times are bad and things are dire. We are offering discounts on services where needed. If you are confronting financial distress please don’t hesitate to get in touch to ask about rate reductions.
SERVICES AND RATES
10% DISCOUNT AVAILABLE ON 2-3 SERVICES AND 15% DISCOUNT AVAILABLE FOR 4+ SERVICES [MUST BE PURCHASED TOGETHER]
All services arranged by email at email@example.com
*Moving-On/Postac Job Application Material Preparation
The key to a good job application is to have stellar job document materials. Our coaches [learn more about them here] can help you create resumes, cover letters, and other application materials that will help you stand out and get interviews.
Initial Consult ($100)
We find out where you are, what you’re thinking, and help get you set up with the best coach for your needs.
Custom Resume or Cover Letter Development ($300):
Work with an expert coach to build a custom resume that can be used as a template for future applications.
Standard Resume or Cover Letter Editing ($100):
Have a coach help you polish your existing resume for a specific job or opportunity.
Online Presence Curation ($200)
- LinkedIn Profile Editing: One of our coaches will help you create a clean and professional online profile that makes you findable to recruiters and appealing to hiring managers.
- Personal websites: For some non-academic roles, a personal website can boost your chances of getting an interview. We’ll help you understand if you need a website, and will help you develop your online brand.
- Portfolios: Certain roles might require that you have an online portfolio, and if you do we can work with you to ensure you are representing your work and your skills comprehensively and effectively
$200 for a 50 minute appointment [$350 to work with Dr. Karen Kelsky]
Creating effective job application materials is only half the battle. Make sure you are fully prepared for a comprehensive non-academic job search with consults about the following:
Building an effective job search process:
We’ll help you make a plan, identify jobs to which to apply, decipher job descriptions, and figure out what you might be qualified to do. More importantly, we will help you develop an efficient, low anxiety, sustainable system of applying for post-ac jobs until you find the right one for you.
Navigating the interview process:
The non-academic interview process looks quite a bit different than the academic interview process. Your coach will help you understand what to expect, what questions you should ask, and how to best prepare.
Practicing the interview:
Nailing an interview requires practice! Your coach will provide you with interview questions tailored for the role you are interested in so you can get some real life practice talking about your background, your experience and your skills. You’ll get clear and actionable feedback on how to improve your answers and your presentation.
Negotiating job offers:
Non-academic jobs fully expect you to negotiate a job offer, and we can help you understand how best to advocate for yourself. Learn to ask for and receive the compensation you deserve.
Transitioning into a new industry:
Non-academic jobs have an entirely different culture and set of expectations compared to academia, and it can be challenging to move between the two. We’ll help you navigate this big change, and can support you as you move on.
Your situation is unique and undoubtedly complex, and you may have concerns and questions about your job search that don’t neatly fit into the above categories. We’re here to help with additional coaching!
Need Help Imagining Your Postac Future? Drop Us a Line at Postaccareers@gmail.com
PostAc Webinars for Download
Going Post-Ac in a Pandemic: Moving on with a PhD in a Time of Stress – Reduced Pandemic Rate: $35
Newly updated for COVID19 times, this workshop will show you how to prepare for a non-academic job, even if you’re still in graduate school. We start with grief, fear and rage… and then we’ll confront the incorrect belief held by many Ph.D.s (especially in the arts and humanities) that you don’t have any skills for non-academic jobs. In fact, you have loads of skills, you just haven’t learned to identify and mobilize them for jobs outside the academy. We’ll cover: Why the non-academic job search matters, Obstacles to imagining a non-academic career Graduate school strategies for bridging academic and non-academic job searches, Identifying your translatable skills, Tips for the non-academic cover letter and resume, and Resources for the job seeker.
Newly Expanded and Updated Starting a Small Business in a Pandemic: The Other #Postac Option – 2-hour webinar; $100
Newly expanded and updated for COVID times, Dr. Karen explains the psychological and logistical hurdles attendant upon leaving the academy to start your own business. Starts with a discuss of elitist academic shame and shaming around business, and then moves on to nuts and bolts like identifying a niche, choosing a name, finding an audience, and using basic technology for blogging, websites, and invoicing. Special attention to social media marketing. Academics tend to be risk-averse–this webinar helps you lower the barrier to striking out on your own.
Targeting Your Skills for a Postac Career (with Margy Horton) – $50
Confronts the incorrect belief held by many Ph.D.s (especially in the humanities) that they don’t have any skills for non-academic jobs. In fact, you have loads of skills, you just haven’t learned to identify and name them as such, and learn to mobilize them for jobs outside the academy. Dr. Margy Horton gives you a list of 100 possible skills to consider, and walks you through a set of techniques to rewrite your record to be legible for non-academic jobs.
Postac Job Seeker Support Fund
Job Seeker Support Fund support is available for Postac Services! And in COVID-19 we are making all possible arrangements to work with your budget.
Postac JSSF offers a flat 50% discount on up to 3 services in total.
To qualify for an Postac JSSF you must meet the same criteria listed on the main JSSF page. Please review those before requesting this support.
JSSF slots are limited, and approved on a case-by-case basis, pending consultant availability.
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