The Versatile PhD

The Versatile PhD

For Students

Are you considering a career outside of academia but don't know where to start?

Check out The Versatile PhD (VPhD), a new online resource that helps you identify, explore, and prepare for multiple career paths in the humanities, social science and STEM fields. Many of the skills you develop during your doctoral studies can be applied to a variety of careers in higher education and in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The Versatile PhD will help you gain insight into how other PhDs navigated their journey from doctoral studies to a satisfying career. 

Just log in here to start enjoying all that VPhD has to offer! As part of our commitment to advancing student success, the Graduate School has purchased an institutional membership to VPhD. This means that you get premium access to this resource simply be being a UMD graduate student.

Note: You will need to log in through the Central Authentication Service (CAS) to establish your affiliation with UMD. Then, you will arrive at a Versatile PhD login page, where you can create your own personalized account.

VPhD Features

  • Its key feature, the PhD Career Finder, is an interactive tool that allows you to explore careers based on your academic discipline and to see real-life examples of PhDs and ABDs who entered multiple career paths: their stories, advice, inside information about their fields, even the actual resumes and cover letters they used to get their first post-academic jobs.
  • The site also offers you a supportive community where you can engage with "Versatile PhDs" both inside and outside the academy. And the site is confidential. No one will know you are using it unless you tell them. You can message community members to ask questions or conduct information interviews. This is an excellent way to expand your network.
  • You can also sign up to recieve email notifiacations about job postings and new blog conversations.


For Faculty & Staff

Using VPhD in Professional Development Programming

The Versatile PhD can enrich such workshops and classes. Here are some ideas for how you can use VPhD when addressing the following common professional development topics, whether in short one-off workshops or longer For more information or to discuss how you might use VPhD, contact Dr. Susan Martin,