Carnegie Mellon University
Versatile PhD

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

For access, please start by authenticating yourself as a Carnegie Mellon University affiliate.

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CMU Alumni may use the Versatile PhD tool by logging in via Handshake (you will need to get a CMU alumni email account first on the CMU alumni website).

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 Versatile PhD'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.


The Virtual PhD is a collaborative resource offered by the Career and Professional Development Center and the CMU Office of the Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education