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Versatile PhD

Developed by Paula Chambers, a PhD alum of Ohio State in English, The Versatile PhD is for members of the graduate community who are interested in exploring non-academic career options.

The Versatile PhD offers a knowledgeable, supportive online community, regular asynchronous panel discussions with PhDs who have pursued non-academic careers, and other content that supports successful job searches.

Through the Graduate School’s subscription, all Ohio State students, faculty, staff, and alumni have access to the full resources of the Versatile PhD, and their participation is completely confidential.

Signing Up for Versatile PhD

Before you can access Versatile Phd as a member of the Ohio State community, you must first authenticate with your Ohio State credentials, and then set up a VPHD profile through the Graduate School website. You only need to authenticate once. After you set up your VPHD profile, you can access the service by going directly to the Versatile PhD site.

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  • Get support from a community that includes PhDs from outside the academy
  • Learn about many non-academic career options and explore them in-depth
  • See authentic examples of successful resumes and cover letters for a first job after the academy - real documents, not made up examples.
  • Do all this in complete confidentiality. You control your profile, and no one at Ohio State or any other university will know you are participating
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