Versatile Ph.D.

Versatile Ph.D. is an online resource designed to help humanities, social science, and STEM Ph.D.s 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 Ph.D. For access, please start by authenticating yourself as a Cornell affiliate.

Once you reach Versatile Ph.D., you’ll find:

  • HIRED: Authentic resumes and cover letters that got real Ph.D.s 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.
  • BIO: Inspiring first‐person stories by experienced non-academic Ph.D.s 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 Ph.D.‐friendly careers provided by Ph.D.s in those careers, along with their answers to grad student questions.

All of this and more is waiting for you in VPh.D.’s “Ph.D. Career Finder.” Then explore the Versatile Ph.D. 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.