Graduate students and postdocs may be aware of Career Services’ many resources on academic careers and the academic job search. But are you also familiar with the resources we have for PhDs/ABDs who are considering a career beyond academia? The Versatile PhD is one of the valuable tools Career Services provides to help you in your decision making and your job hunting.
The Versatile PhD is a web-based resource that you can use anytime, from any computer. It includes:
- A thriving, supportive web-based community where you can participate in discussions, network with real “Versatile PhDs” (humanists, social scientists and STEM trained individuals working outside the academy) or, if you prefer, just read and learn.
- An online collection of compelling first-person narratives written by Versatile PhDs who describe how they established their post-academic careers and give their best advice for you.
- An associated LinkedIn group where you can begin to build an online presence and network with Versatile PhDs in a wide variety of fields.
- Free online “Career Panel” discussions where Versatile PhDs working in a given field share their specific professional experiences in that field and answer questions from members. Online panels in 2012 included Careers in Market Research, Careers in Corporate and Institutional Research and Careers in Program Evaluation. Panels from prior years are archived on the site.
Coming up on November 12-16, 2012: Entrepreneurship for STEM PhDs featuring STEM PhDs currently running businesses they started from the ground up, or working in small start-ups. The panel is presented in an asynchronous format; participate anytime during the week.
University of Pennsylvania graduate students and postdocs have access to all the content areas on the website, including the upcoming panel – go to the Career Services Reference Library (on the left side of Career Services homepage) and click on Online Subscriptions. You will be asked to provide your PennKey and password to access The Versatile PhD.