Beyond Academia at UC Santa Barbara is a career exploration organization for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars of all disciplines. Inspired by UC Berkeley's Beyond Academia, our annual conference was established in 2015 and strives to educate about career options alongside and outside academia. Our goal is to help attendees develop an action plan that will help prepare them for the career of their choice.

Beyond Academia affirms wherever grad students and postdocs are in their career journey

  • We provide resources that empower people to make informed choices about their career options.
  • No prior career development work is necessary to attend the annual conference.
  • As much as possible, we integrate diverse disciplinary interests and representation into all aspects of the annual conference.

We regularly collaborate with campus partners, both through co-sponsoring and cross-promoting, to provide ongoing career development programming on our campus. Visit the Career Resources page to find out more.