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Versatile PhD

A Resource for PhDs Looking for Careers Beyond Academia

The Versatile PhDThe 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

Versatile PhD’s Content

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.

Set Up a Free Versatile PhD Account

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

Contact

(212) 817-7425
careerplan@gc.cuny.edu
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Location

The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 3300.08
New York, NY 10016

Career Advisement

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appointments
using GC Connect

Walk-In Hours

Mondays, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

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Contact

(212) 817-7425
careerplan@gc.cuny.edu
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Location

The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 3300.08
New York, NY 10016

Career Advisement

Sign up for career advisement
appointments
using GC Connect

Walk-In Hours

Mondays, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

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Contact

(212) 817-7425
careerplan@gc.cuny.edu
Join our email lists

Location

The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 3300.08
New York, NY 10016

Career Advisement

Sign up for career advisement
appointments
using GC Connect

Walk-In Hours

Mondays, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

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