Versatile PhD

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Versatile PhD is an online resource designed to help STEM PhDs identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers. UAB undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and alumni have free access to premium resources provided through the University's subscription to Versatile PhD.

For access, students, graduate students, and postdocs, start by authenticating yourself as a University of Alabama at Birmingham affiliate here. You will find Versatile PhD located within the Career Tools of the horizontal navagation. If you are faculty or staff and need to request access, please submit your request or authenticate your self here

Once you reach Versatile PhD, you'll find:

  • HIRED: Authentic resumes and cover letters that got real PhDs 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 PhDs 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 PhD‐friendly careers provided by PhDs in those careers, along with their answers to grad student questions

All of this and more is waiting for you in VPhD's "PHD Career Finder." Then explore the Versatile PhD discussion forums, learn more about local meetup groups, and search job listings - all from the main menu.

This service is offer through funding from the Office of Postdoctoral Education.

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