Find Out What Your Degree Can Do For You!
What is it?
The Versatile PhD lets you create a profile, giving you access to a myriad of tools to explore options beyond academia. The PhD Career Finder, for example, allows you to explore non-academic careers such as consulting, biotechnology, law, university administration, and many more. There are private discussion boards and forums, and The Versatile PhD community is underwritten by a number of academic institutions, including Brown. With 85,000+ members, it is also a great place to network; they even host local meet-ups. In short, The Versatile PhD is an invaluable resource for exploring non-academic careers, connecting you to people, self-help resources, and even jobs.
Brown graduate students, log in to Versatile PhD through the university portal to get full access to the content: http://vphd.info/brown_go.
The VPhD Smart Jobs Initiative is a weekly digest of non-academic jobs, designed to empower PhDs and post-docs with new career ideas and opportunities. You can subscribe to their list and receive weekly updates about exciting job opportunities. For example, recent postings include jobs as a research analyst in urban planning, a financial engineer, and a market analyst, and spans from fields such as public health bioinformatics to clinical psychology, law, and agriculture.
They have recently launched a research blog that analyzes PhD-specific job trends. In this blog, they highlight a small cluster of career opportunities related to the week’s topic. Check out their most recent blog post on how an aging population underpins healthcare employment, or read up on how your much coveted statistical skills translate to other career paths.
Finally, the newly updated Options for Success Career Exploration program is a six-module course developed for PhDs by Dr. Fatimah Williams at Beyond the Tenure Track, a consulting firm that helps find PhDs career pathways beyond academia. In six steps (Orientation, Envision, Discover, Assess, Connect, Explore), the course helps you to understand the link between your degree and the professional world, and to confidently manage the transition from university to professional placement. Watch a preview of the Options for Success Career Exploration program, and take advantage of the tools that The Versatile PhD has to offer!