Versatile PhD

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

Once you reach Versatile PhD, you’ll find:

HIRED: 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. Once you reach Versatile PhD, you’ll find:

  • BIO: 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
  • PANEL: Detailed inside information on a wide range of specific PhD‐friendly careers provided by PhDs in those careers, along with their answers to grad student questions

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.

This is a collaborative resource offered by Cornell Career Services and the Cornell Graduate School.