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.
Learn how to break in to specific careers︎
Institutional members only can use the full version of the PhD Career Finder, containing successful resumes and cover letters and detailed preparation strategies.
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 85,000+ 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.
University of California, Santa Cruz UC SC, UCSCUniversity of California, Santa CruzUniversity of California, Santa Cruz
Login to MyUCSC using your CruzID and Gold Password, click on the Resources tile, then navigate to the Versatile PhD link.
-- If you have previously removed the Resources tile, please see the ITS Help page under Personalizing MyUCSC for detailed instructions on how to add a tile. The Resource tile can be found in the UCSC Shared Tiles menu.
-- If you have forgotten your CruzID or Gold Password, please visit the ITS Support Center, there is a section for forgotten passwords.
-- If you have not received a CruzID or have forgotten it, please submit a ticket through the ITS Support Center by clicking the Guest link.
-- You may also login via Handshake
University of Chicago uchicagoUniversity of ChicagoUniversity of Chicago
-- Students: Login to GradGargoyle, then find the VPhD link in the Shortcuts menu.
-- Faculty/staff: Login here, then find the VPhD link under Student Services in the Resources tab.
-- Alumni: Access VPhD via the Alumni Career Services website
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University of Maryland, College Park UMDUniversity of Maryland, College ParkUniversity of Maryland, College Park Click here.
There are some technical issues. If you have trouble, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org from a UMD email. And we will add an affiliation for you.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology MITMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyMassachusetts Institute of Technology -- Click here If you reach an ACCESS DENIED page, click "Login using certificates" and proceed as instructed.)