Versatile Ph.D.

Versatile PhD is an online resource to help graduate students and PhDs in all fields identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers.

Graduate students, faculty, and alumni have full access to these resources through the University's subscription.

To get started, please log into the University of Kentucky VPhD portal. After successfully authenticating with your UK credentials, you'll be taken to the Versatile PhD login page. Create a VPhD member account if it's your first time. If you already have an account, sign in as usual.

Your Versatile PhD member account gives you access to the PhD Career Finder, where you can access resources from the experiences of real PhDs who have gone in new professional directions:

  • RESUME: 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 a wide range of member questions

You also get access to the community discussion forums, a member directory listing thousands of PhDs working across the United States, job listings, and great information about a wide variety of possible careers.