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Career Discernment for Academics: Aligning Career with Commitments
- Are you feeling out of sorts with your current career path or wanting to re-align with the purpose, priorities, or motivations that brought you to this work?
- Are you considering a change within academia or a move out of higher education?
- Do you want to learn more about alt-ac, non-ac, or post-ac options?
Career discernment involves these and other questions—questions that are key to making meaningful, mindful, commitment-driven career choices. At any age and across life stages (around graduation, mid-career, and in retirement), career discernment supports reflection—both in the moment and for long-term planning.
This e-course engages you in career discernment—in the reflective processes of asking what, where, when, with whom, and why you’re called to the work that only you can do. It’s broken into small parts with easy-to-digest audio files and easy-to-do practices.
If you’re looking for support with decision-making or wanting a structure for exploring what’s next, this e-course is designed for you. It’s self-paced, so you can choose how to quickly or slowly to work through materials, selecting the activities that resonate with you.
It’s also completely private: you’ll work through the course on your own, so feel free to explore the questions you’re drawn to without facing the risks of publicly questioning the next stage or chapter of your career.
What does this course include?
- Two 50-minute confidential coaching sessions (to start and end the course) with Beth Godbee, Ph.D., along with suggested “homework” and recordings of the sessions to review on your own.
- Introductory video providing an overview and pathways for navigating the course.
- Essays in audio and print formats—originally written for Inside Higher Ed and now curated and recorded for listening—that address the following topics:
- Making decisions intuitively to follow your “strong yes”
- Saying no in order to say yes to what aligns with your commitments
- Identifying narratives and influences that have shaped your work journey
- Discerning what’s next for your career—both in the near and the far future
- Planning when and how to announce career changes
- Sifting through others’ responses to your career decisions
- Transitioning from faculty positions to alt-ac, non-ac, and post-ac careers
- Recognizing and allowing for professional identify shifts over time.
- 10 discernment practices (instructions and handouts) to try on your own throughout this course.
- Guided freewriting suggestions and questions to consider.
- A resource guide with links to podcasts, readings, organizations, and more.
What is the cost?
The cost is $420.
This course is priced for people whose current careers are financially sustaining. If the cost is prohibitive for any reason—from being a graduate student to adjuncting to finding yourself between work situations—please reach out, and let’s talk about a fair price for you.
Group discounts are also available.
Why work with Beth?
Beth is an academic (previously tenured professor and current entrepreneur) who believes in ongoing career discernment, has deep commitments to social and racial justice, and brings the following experiences to this work:
- conducting and mentoring others through local, national, and international job searches
- navigating annual reviews and the tenure process
- earning tenure and still choosing to leave higher education
- navigating various research, teaching, and service responsibilities
- serving as a writing program administrator
- collaborating with career professionals in and out of academia
- growing a small business, freelancing, speaking, and consulting
- mentoring writers, researchers, and educators widely across disciplines—through years of working in writing centers and writing across the curriculum
- researching and centering issues of injustice, inequity, power, agency, and rights in all conversations
- knowing first-hand why career discernment needs to be private when there’s so much at stake.
What do others say?
“Beth offers a refreshing approach to understanding the challenges of academic careers and identifies both problems and solutions with impressive accuracy. She is transparent, trustworthy, intuitive, generous, and focused when working through tough questions that can often feel daunting to navigate.”
—Briana Mohan, Career Advisor in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at Tulane University and Chair of the 2019 Graduate Career Consortium Conference
“I’ve found Beth’s perspective, as one belonging to someone deeply familiar with academia and yet who has purposefully chosen a path outside of it, to be both thoughtful and luminous, in the sense of throwing light on the paths that others, including myself, might take. Beth not only listens deeply but also reflects back the questions you didn’t even realize that you were asking, offering them out for future discernment.”
—Jen from Madison, Wisconsin
How do I “gift” this course to someone else?
If you’re inviting a companion to join the course with you, be sure they’re interested. If so, feel free to complete registration, and provide their email address when checking out. Thanks for inviting friends and colleagues.
How do I bring this course to my campus?
Beth has experience with tailoring content for particular audiences and is invested in mentoring graduate students, addressing trauma from graduate education, and facilitating interactive workshops. Feel free to reach out with inquiries.
What accessibility considerations are addressed?
- Articles are provided in both text and audio formats.
- A written script accompanies the introductory video.
- One-with-one coaching sessions will be recorded using Zoom for slowing down and playing back each conversation.
- If you have other suggestions or particular accessibility considerations, please also reach out. Thanks!
Is this course right for me?