Announcing Aurora by Beyond the Professoriate, an online platform for PhD career development

As part of an on-going commitment to supporting graduate student career skill development, Penn has acquired access to Aurora by Beyond the Professoriate for all PhDs and Postdocs.

Aurora is an eLearning Platform with on-demand, self-paced learning modules that allow PhDs and Postdocs to explore career options and discover ways to apply the skills acquired through their education.

Aurora’s curated content consists of videos, and it provides information for students across disciplines in the Arts & Sciences. It was designed and built by PhDs – the Beyond the Professoriate team, as well as all of the contributors who deliver workshops and participate in career panels and interviews, are experts in their field who also successfully completed a PhD in the areas of Arts, Social Sciences, STEM, Business, and Education.

If you’re curious about the skills you’ve acquired throughout your studies, potential non-academic careers, or strategies for applying and securing non-academic employment, Aurora is an invaluable resource. Complete a full course and receive a certificate of completion.

Aurora benefits graduate students by:

  • supporting career exploration.
  • providing accessible, well-curated resources for busy graduate students.
  • promoting engaged learning through reflective activities that encourage students to apply what they’ve learned.
  • complementing existing on-campus graduate student career supports.
  • offering recorded seminars, reflective prompts, and assessments that guide the student experience and foster user engagement.

You can access Aurora now by selecting the University of Pennsylvania from the dropdown menu here and login using your PennKey.

We also invite you to attend our official launch of Aurora with a webinar from Maren Wood, PhD, Founder and CEO of Beyond the Professoriate, on how to take advantage of Aurora on Thursday, June 10 from 12pm – 1pm. This webinar is open to all PhDs and postdocs in all disciplines (STEM, humanities, and social sciences). Please register for the program (which is part of the Job Search Prep Camp for PhDs in the Humanities and Social Sciences) here.

We are excited that Penn PhD students and postdocs now have access to Aurora and hope that you will find it useful in your career exploration and planning!

By Helen Pho
Helen Pho Associate Director, Graduate Students & Postdocs