This article was originally posted on the Rackham Graduate School Blog on February 29, 2012
The Career Center, in partnership with Rackham, is pleased to announce a new resource that demystifies non-academic careers, revealing many interesting professions that can utilize the skills you are developing in graduate school.
The Versatile PhD is a web-based resource that you can use anytime, from any computer, confidentially. There you will find:
- A thriving, supportive web-based community where you can participate in discussions, network with Ph.D.s and A.B.D.s outside the academy, or just listen and learn.
- Examples of successful resumes and cover letters that resulted in Humanities and Social Science Ph.D.s and A.B.D.s getting their first post-academic positions.
- Compelling first-person narratives written by successful Humanities and Social Science Ph.D.s and A.B.D.s who have gone on to non-academic careers, describing how their careers have developed after grad school and where they are today.
- Detail-rich panel discussions in which Ph.D.s working in non-academic fields describe their jobs and answer questions from grad students like you. Past topics include Freelance Writing and Editing, Higher Education Consulting, Management Consulting, Federal Government and University Administration.
Because you are a University of Michigan student, you have access to the Premium Content Area where those high-quality written materials are stored. To access The Versatile PhD, go to http://careercenter.umich.edu/students/gradservices/nonacademic/jobsearch.html. Under “Job Search Resources for PhDs” click on versatilephd.com.
ATTENTION Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Ph.D.s: The Versatile PhD is currently geared toward humanists and social scientists, BUT, a second forum was created this year for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math students and panel discussions geared toward that population will be held there several times a year. It will be available July 1, 2013.