The Versatile PhD: A Career Resource for Humanities and Social Sciences PhD Students

The Versatile PhD

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For graduate students and postdocs in the humanities and social sciences:
Are you unsure about your future in the tenure track? Are you considering a wider range of possible employment outcomes? The Versatile PhD helps graduate students, ABDs and PhDs identify, prepare for and excel in professional careers.

The GradPathways Institute and the Internship and Career Center are providing a free subscription to The Versatile PhD that gives you unlimited free access to all of its content and features. Once you use our Premium Registration Log-In, you’ll be able to:                               

Discover Interesting Career Paths

  • PhDs go many places.  The PhD Career Finder is an interactive tool that lists and describes non-academic careers for PhDs in your discipline, with suggestions for how to prepare - all from the PhD perspective. 
  • See Job listings appropriate for PhDs.  The VPhD Smart Jobs initiative, together with the Research Blog and Member job postings, is designed to empower PhDs, ABDs, and postdocs with new career ideas an opportunities.

Connect with Other Users

  • Consult the Community - The threaded discussion boards are well-populated with qualified, helpful people, some at your stage and others farther along. The Versatile PhD community is special because of its richness of experience, compassionate tone, and privacy - nothing shows up in Google.
  • Network with Successful PhDs Nationwide - over 85,000 members across the U.S. and Canada constitute a rich resource for networking.  Use the searchable Membership Directory to identify possible contacts in employment sectors that interest you.
  • Meet VPhD Users in Your Area - Versatile PhD Meetup groups are volunteer-led and provide in-person support and networking. Beyond that basic purpose, they vary in schedule and structure; each group decides what they need. There are meet-up groups in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and San Diego, as well as other metropolitan areas throughout the country. 


  • Take the Options 4 Success Career Exploration Course
  • Participate in Webinars and Ask Me Anything Events featuring a wide range of topics and careers
  • Read hiring success stories with real resumes and cover letters

To get started, use our Premium Registration Log-In today. If you are looking to create a new account, just click "Register" and your new account will be given full institutional access.

Contact Us

  • Office Phone: 530-754-1457
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