Versatile PhD is an online resource to help humanities, social science, and STEM graduate students and Ph.D.s in all fields identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers. Take the “Options 4 Success” career exploration course to identify career paths and confidently manage your transition from university to high-quality non-academic professional placement. Join forums and peruse the members list (over 100K members) to reach out to professional PhDs to ask about their path to obtain their career.
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If this is your first time visiting VPhD, create a VPhD member account by clicking "Register Here". If you are already a VPhD member, sign in as usual. Once you have successfully logged in to the Versatile PhD site, an onscreen message will confirm your affiliation with Rice University. You will have access to the VPhD premium resources for one year. After a year, you will need to reestablish your affiliation with Rice University by logging in again via the link above.
Note: Versatile PhD can be accessed anytime, from any computer, and is completely confidential.
Your Versatile PhD member account gives you access to the PhD Career Finder, you can access resources from the experiences of real PhDs who have gone in new professional directions:
- RESUMES: Authentic resumes and cover letters that got real PhDs their first jobs away from the faculty track, with detailed analysis that describes how they made the non-academic pivot and shows the application and hiring process step by step.
- BIOS: 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.
- PANELS: 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.
You also get access to the community discussion forums, a member directory listing thousands of PhDs working across the United States and Canada, job listings, and great information about a wide variety of possible careers.