Career & Tools

The Individualized Professional Skills (IPS) program is sponsoring up to 15 free slots for the Beyond the Professoriate 7th Annual Online Career Conference for PhDs, May 2 & 9, 2020. If you can't attend live, the tickets include video replay so that you can watch all conference sessions on demand for 30 days. Apply for your free ticket by this Monday, April 27!

By Vash Doshi, Graduate Career Peer
Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 - 9:30am

We are no longer accepting applications at this time for the free tickets to the Beyond the Professoriate Online Career Conference. Thank you for your interest, and please see more information about the conference and the IPS program below.

​As a reminder, the IPS Program is still accepting applications for new grant awards and welcomes students to apply for opportunities that are facilitated ​virtually, such as online trainings and certification programs. We encourage ​potential applicants to explore the various free online training resources available to them through the university first (such as LinkedIn Learning for ​all UC employees) before applying ​for IPS. All applications for virtual opportunities will be reviewed by the same selection criteria as other applications.

The IPS Program is a collaboration between the Professional Development Series at the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships; the Graduate Division; the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; UCSB Innovation and Entrepreneurship initiative and CNSI Technology Incubator; Career Services; UCSB's divisional deans; and external donors.


After acquiring a number of marketable skills throughout your graduate studies, you don't have to limit yourself to an academic job search. Beyond the Professoriate is hosting its 7th Annual Online Career Conference for ​graduate students on May ​2 and 9, 2020.

The conference is organized by two PhDs, Malisa Kurtz, PhD and L. Maren Wood, PhD, and consists of a series of one-hour live webinars that feature PhDs who now work in non-faculty careers.

Attend live: May 2nd & 9th, starting at 11:00 AM (ET) both days

Video Replay: Watch all conference sessions on demand for 30 days

Who should attend: Graduate students, recent PhDs, postdocs, adjuncts, faculty members, and anyone else interested in learning about career options for PhDs.

What to expect: Two days of sessions facilitated by PhDs (Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM disciplines) employed beyond the professoriate in Canada and the United States. Typical attendees are STEM, Social Science, Humanities, and Education graduate students and postdocs. Over 600 people registered for the conference in 2019, and some participants attend multiple years in a row.

With your ticket, you can attend the conference live and ask questions of ​the speakers and panelists. The conference proceedings will be recorded and available to ticket-holders to watch during the replay period. You can access conference recordings until June 15th.