The Versatile PhD is a web-based resource for members of the graduate community at Georgia Tech who are interested in exploring nonacademic career options. It is open to all Georgia Tech students, postdocs, faculty and staff, as well graduate student alumni who are within one year of finishing their degrees. The Versatile PhD consists of a supportive online community that is free — and includes job listings — as well as a premium content area. The Office of Graduate Studies has purchased a subscription to the premium content area to provide you with access to both. Login here (Georgia Tech login required).
Here are a few of the reasons why you should check out the premium Versatile PhD content, which is written by real-life “Versatile PhDs” succeeding outside the academy:
- Career Autobiographies. First-person narratives in which advanced Versatile PhDs tell their professional stories, with all the twists, turns, and surprises that shaped their careers.
- Hiring Success Stories. Authentic application materials used by real humanities, social sciences, and STEM PhD’s or ABD’s getting their first nonacademic jobs.
- Archived Panel Discussions. Seven times a year, panel discussions are held on the site, featuring four to six PhDs and ABDs all working in the same nonacademic field, describing how they got in, and answering questions. Careers already covered include federal government, freelance writing and editing, higher education administration, higher education consulting, and policy analysis.