The Versatile PhD

What is the Versatile Ph.D.?

The Versatile Ph.D. is an online community of graduate students and postdocs interested in exploring career opportunities beyond academe. Registration is free to UC Davis graduate students and postdocs, and provides access to panel discussions, forums and unique resources that demystify the process of preparing for and entering non-academic careers. It's a place to ask questions and find support.

Concerned about confidentiality?

The Versatile Ph.D. is a confidential service, and you control what other users know about you. Only registered members may read or post.

What will I find when I log in?

Because UC Davis Graduate Studies maintains an institutional subscription to The Versatile Ph.D., graduate students and postdocs who register have access to both the basic and premium content areas.

Basic Content

  • Current career panels.
  • Discussion forums.
  • Support for career decision-making process.
  • Advice on how to prepare for the non-academic job market while still in grad school.

Premium Content*

Career Panel Archives: including Careers in Federal Government, Freelance Writing and Editing, Policy Analysis, University Administration: Academic Affairs, Higher Education Consulting, University Administration: Student Affairs, Management Consulting, Human Resources, Grant Writing, Law, Secondary Teaching, Market Research, Program Evaluation, and more.

Hiring success stories and job-application dossiers: from Ph.D.s and ABDs who landed their first post-academic positions, including position announcements and job descriptions, curriculum vitae and resumes, cover letters,

Career autobiographies of social sciences and humanities Ph.D.s in non-academic professions.

Advancement success stories.

*How do I access premium content on The Versatile Ph.D.?

  • Click on the link above that says LOGIN HERE to get to a UC DAVIS protected page.
  • On that page, you will see a link to the login page.
  • Click on it.

If you're not registered on the The VersatilePhD yet, you can click on "Register Here" once on the login page.