Versatile PhD

The Versatile PhD

The Graduate Center subscribes to the Versatile PhD (VPhD), a terrific website for doctoral students considering careers outside of the traditional tenure-track path:

“The Versatile PhD mission is to help humanities and social science (and STEM as of July 2013) graduate students identify and prepare for possible non-academic careers. We want them to be informed about academic employment realities, educated about non-academic career options, and supported towards a wide range of careers, so that in the end, they have choices. The key concept here is versatility: the ability to apply their skills and interests in a wide variety of fields.” – from the VPhD website

VPhD’s PhD Career Finder lets you access resources from the experiences of real PhDs who have gone in new professional directions:

  • Resume: Authentic resumes and cover letters that got real PhDs their first jobs away from the faculty track, with detailed analysis that shows the application and hiring process step by step.
  • Q&A: Detailed inside information on a wide range of specific PhD-friendly careers provided by PhDs in those careers, along with their answers to a wide range of member questions.
  • Long Term: Inspiring first-person stories by experienced non-academic PhDs describing how their careers evolved over several years after moving out of the academy, including promotions, advancement, and signature accomplishments.

You can also use the community discussion forums, a member directory listing thousands of PhDs across the United States, job listings, and great information about a wide variety of possible careers.

If you’re a current GC student, use this link to access VPhD through our institutional portal and set up a free account.

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