Helping graduate students and PhDs envision, prepare for, and excel in non-academic careers since 1999
Versatile PhD is the oldest, largest online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs in humanities, social science and STEM. Over 40,000 have joined this site to...
Discover interesting career paths
PhDs go many places. Our PhD Career Finder is an interactive tool that lists and describes non-academic careers for PhDs in your discipline, with suggestions for how to prepare - all from the PhD perspective.
Consult the community
Our threaded discussion boards are well-populated with qualified, helpful people, some at your stage and others farther along. The Versatile PhD community is special because of its richness of experience, compassionate tone, and privacy - nothing shows up in Google.
See job listings appropriate for PhDs
Members frequently post jobs that they feel are appropriate for PhDs and ABDs. The flow varies but seems to average about 50 jobs a month. Jobs can be viewed on the site or you can subscribe to email notifications of humanities/social science jobs, STEM jobs, or both.
Network with successful PhDs nationwide
Our 40,000+ members across the US and Canada constitute a rich resource for networking. Use the searchable Membership Directory to identify possible contacts in employment sectors that interest you.
Attend local meetups
Spending time with others in your situation relieves loneliness, develops relationships and can even help you get your post-academic career started. Local meetups happen across the US and Canada, organized by Versatile PhD volunteers.
Why should you trust us?
Versatile PhD understands your situation, respects your privacy and sees your potential. We've been around since 1999 and we're in it for the long haul. We are a socially positive, woman-owned business founded by a PhD who remembers exactly what it was like to be in your situation. That's why we're only describing our features to you without actually showing you: to protect member privacy! We never sell or rent your information. You control the emails you receive and what other members know about you, and you own copyright on your postings.

Institutions can subscribe to Versatile PhD to provide extra resources for their students.

A VPhD subscription gets your students the help they need while helping the institution fulfill its growing need to increase professional development for graduate students.

You provide

  • Annual subscription fee
  • Tech support to install VPhD link on your site
  • A well-planned launch and consistent marketing year-round

We provide

  • Resumes and cover letters that got PhDs post-academic jobs
  • Detailed info on specific careers from PhDs in those careers
  • First person stories of long-term PhD success
  • Enhanced access to non-academic mentors
  • Metrics & reporting
  • Promotional materials & regular reminders

Subscribing Institutions

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