Versatile PhD

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If you're concerned about the academic job market, or thinking about non-academic careers, now is a great time to take advantage of Versatile PhD. PhDs go many places, although it can be challenging to find them. VPhD's features and resources can help you connect with them.We subscribe to VPhD's resources, and you have access to them!

Versatile PhD is an online resource designed to help STEM, humanities, social science PhDs identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers. Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty have free access to premium resources provided through the University's subscription to Versatile PhD. For access, please start by clicking here to authenticate yourself as a Florida State University affiliate.


Authentic resumes and cover letters that got real PhDs their first jobs away from the faculty track.

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Inspiring first‐person stories by experienced non-academic PhDs describing how their careers evolved.

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Detailed inside information on a wide range of specific PhD‐friendly careers.

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All of this and more is waiting for you in VPhD's "PHD Career Finder ." Then explore the Versatile PhD discussion forums, learn more about local meetup groups, and search job listings - all from the main menu.

New Ask Me Anything (AMA) Events

We're excited this year to start the new Ask Me Anything (AMA) Events. The AMAs will play the same part as our PhD Career Panels have in years past. They are an opportunity for your graduate students, postdocs, and others to connect with experts who can help them see the possibilities in a non-academic career path. After introducing themselves on the first day of an event, AMA participants will check in to respond to members' questions, comments, and discussion through the full three days.Unlike PhD Career Panels, AMA events will be held in a dedicated discussion forum. Once they're over, the content they've generated will remain available for any VPhD member to review.

More information about each participant is available on the VPhD site.

Upcoming Ask Me Anything (AMA) Events

Event Date

Name of Presenter

April 17-19, 2018 Thi Nguyen (Washington University in St. Louis Graduate School)
Fatimah Williams Castro (Beyond the Tenure Track)

Past Discussion Panels

Event Date

Name of Discussion Panel

September 14-18, 2015 Careers in Technology Transfer (STEM)
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October 19-23, 2015 Careers in Publishing (Humanities/Social Science)
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November 16-20, 2015 Careers in University Administration (STEM)
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January 25-29, 2016 Careers in Business for Humanities/Social Science PhDs
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February 22-26, 2016 Careers in Software Engineering (STEM)
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March 14-18, 2016 Careers in Technical Writing (Humanities/Social Sciences)
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September 19-23, 2016 PhDs in Translation, Humanities/Social Science Forum 
October 17-21, 2016 PhDs in Medical Writing, STEM Forum 
November 14-18, 2016 PhDs in Cultural Resource Management, Humanities/Social Science Forum
February 6-10, 2017 PhDs in Conservation, STEM Forum
March 6-10, 2017 PhD Careers in Think Tanks, Humanities/Social Science Forum
April 3-7, 2017 PhD Careers in Think Tanks, STEM Forum
September 6-8, 2017 Desney Tan (Microsoft Health)
October 11-13, 2017 Pete Fiske (Lawrence Berkeley, National Laboratory)
February 26-28, 2018 Joseph Barber (University of Pennsylvannia Career Center)
Jenny Furlong (CUNY Graduate Center Office of Career Planning and Professional Development)

4 Ways to Future-Proof Your Doctorate

Discover Interesting Career Paths

PhDs go many places. The PhD Career Finder is an interactive tool that lists and describes non-academic careers for PhDs in your discipline.

Join a large community of post-academics

The threaded discussion boards are well-populated with qualified, helpful people, some at your stage and others farther along.

Read job listings

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.


Versatile PhD has over 50,000+ members across the US and Canada that constitute a rich resource for networking. Use the searchable Membership Directory to identify possible contacts in employment sectors that interest you.

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