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You may think you have no skills that are transferable beyond academia. My mission is to help you see your strengths as the gifts they are and reject the BS, the glass ceilings, the perfectionism – anything holding you back from seeing your absolute magnificence.  This is why I create free masterclasses and offer free resources.  If you’re already loving my work, book a Career Audit Call.

You can create impact beyond the ivory tower!

Prioritise YOU with a meaningful career and less stress.

Ditch the academic BS and find a job where you will be appreciated – financially, too – for your damn-valuable skills.

Life After Academia

Life After Academia is a mentoring program to …
+ repackage your skills and strengths,
+ design your next career around a fulfilling life

You can:

✔️ Rise above the academic tidal forces that inundated you with BS about your worth! It’s not ALL about the money, but we should be paid

✔️ Throw away the old rulebook and build a new identity that unapologetically positions your valuable skills for the FIRE they are

✔️ Reignite your creativity and create a career that honors your skills and gifts

✔️ Find a fulfilling career that values you without tailoring your CV/resume for each job/ client

✔️ Figure out what truly matters to you and do more of it

✔️ Create new ways of working while rejecting ways that no longer serve you – start the new business you’ve been dreaming of!

All with clarity and purpose!

This program includes…

  • 🖊 Weekly tailored and personalized action points for guidance on your journey
  • 💻 3 one-on-one coaching sessions with Luna
  • ⏰ 3 drop-in online office hours per week with Luna
  • 💬 Private Voxer texting access for the group
  • 📑 5 self-guided modules; step-by-step processes for all things related to a successful career pivot – including CVs/resumes, interviews, proposals & healing from imposter syndrome, and building back boundaries.
  • 📣 Transformational content by guest experts – monthly – all recorded!
  • 🤸‍♀️ Clarity through bodily awareness sessions – weekly
  • ✨ Healing and unlearning workshops that put all of the BS we were fed on a f**k-off rocket – monthly

Plus dozens of guest expert content on building a consultancy side gig, self-love, grief, instructional design, PhD to Industry etc. 

Life After Academia Mentoring program that helps academics to land non-academic jobs while designing work around a fulfilling life!

I'm really amazed that I'm just a few weeks out from leaving my job, and I have zero reservations, zero fear. And I expected that when I was at this point, I would be freaking out. So it's very just gives me so much peace to know that I made the right decision and I had help making it and navigating the reality of it. And so thank you for that.

Shannon PeliniProfessor who transitioned to Real Estate Investor

The Pivot with Purpose Programme has been a big help in reflecting on what a meaningful career entails. Luna's prompts were always on point, helped me when I felt stuck and inspired me to look at my values and strengths from a different perspective. Entering the job market outside of academia now, I feel much more structured and focused. Luna is full of advice and inspiration, and such fun to work with! I'd definitely recommend her course to anyone who is struggling with making their next career move.

Teresa Lappe-OsthegePost-doc transitioned to Senior Consultant on Environment and Society

Dr. Luna has an incredible ability to listen, understand, and offer clear guidance toward career goals.
She has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and her passion for helping others is evident in everything she does.
She is an invaluable asset to anyone looking to fulfill their potential, and take their career to the next level.

Ecija Blašković VondračekLab Technician now Project Manager

Luna is the energy someone needs after getting a rejection from the "perfect job"!
I recommend Luna because there isn't a challenging job situation that she hasn't been able to tackle. And she creates an environment of trust between herself and her clients. The fact that she focuses on professionals with academic background is a game changer - previous personal experience from services with mediocre to disappointing results and no experience of the job market and support for professionals with academic background. She does stand out, constantly adds to her versatility and capability to support and shares her positive energy generously.
Definitely very happy to have worked with her. We prepared the application one week and the next I got an interview and the job all within 10 days.

Panagiota AxelithiotiTemporary lecturer now PDRA Equality, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility in Science

Luna is very insightful and she can easily understand the needs of her clients. She is very good at combining practical advice while always keeping in the centre of the discussion her clients values and priorities. Going beyond "fixing your cv into a resume" Luna can actually support her clients into a meaningful transition. Do not escape from your jobs! Put yourselves and your needs on the forefront in creating a new path. I absolutely recommend Luna as a coach!

Alexandra BousiouPDRA now Senior Research and Innovation Advisor

I'm already noticing the results as I've had the privilege of connecting with remarkable individuals who've shared their journeys and have been a wellspring of inspiration and knowledge.
This is also the result of being ready to receive the guidance of my awesome career coach, Luna Clara Muñoz guidance of my awesome career coach, Luna Clara Muñoz, PhD FRSA, which has made all the difference (we're not alone on this; I totally recommend getting yourself a transitioning career coach as awesome as mine). I now wholeheartedly believe that my moment for a fantastic job opportunity is coming.
Believe me, however long it takes, reclaim yourself. Otherwise, academia will continue to rule over your life.
The world does shine brighter and fuller when your inner academic tyrant no longer resides rent-free in your mind and body.

Deida Perea
Why I left academia

My Family

I’m a first generation university graduate. My parents made huge sacrifices for me in leaving Puerto Rico for a better life. After being in academia in the US, UK, and Europe, I realised that academia was exploiting my need to fit in and my need to prove that I could succeed. And for those of us from intergenerational poverty, your ancestral knowledge has been invalidated by the systems. Don’t repeat those messages to yourself. Don’t beat yourself up based on that indoctrination. I’m so excited that I’m unlearning and breaking through those limiting narratives.

Why I left academia

Greater Impact

I obtained my PhD in Applied Psychology in 2005 and had consulted on evaluations on interventions then. Recently, I had also delivered Bystander Intervention Programmes for Gender Based Violence in multiple Latin American countries with UN Women. I left so I could have a greater impact out of academia – away from the pressure to get grants and publish as well as all the administrative work. You’ve impacted many lives and you’ve made an enormous contribution already! Recognize that you can quench your thirst for more… more money, more freedom, more fun and more challenging experiences!

Why I left academia

My Health

In 2020, I submitted a dozen papers, applied for 1M in grants, got 30 doctoral trainees to finish and publish, plus multiple senior leadership roles… I didn’t realise I was in burnout. When my job was then under threat, I fought for 8 months until I accepted a deal. It then took more than 6 months to get over burnout.

I started consulting and I loved it, and it was more flexible and felt more ethical than working for government. I’m a radical, a rebel, but a cheerful hippie with the energy of a miniature jack russel and the strategizing talents of someone who has lived a dozen lives!

So, I turned down Director of Research roles in non-profit foundations and opened my own business. Since I had been a coach and a trainer in coaching in academia, I also started mentoring and coaching! I also started dancing and traveling for fun rather than combining a holiday with a conference!

The membership for academics prioritizing joy and balance while building a new career/ business

Building Beyond Academia is the monthly membership for academics dismissing the doubt, tapping into creativity and exploration, and confidently striking out into a new career, all with support from like-minded people!