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The Versatile PhD



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The Graduate School now offers a new resource for graduate students in their career searches. The Versatile PhD is a web-based resource for graduate students who are interested in exploring career opportunities beyond academe. The key concept of this service is versatility: encouraging and enabling graduates to apply their skills and training in a variety of professional settings, thereby empowering PhDs and ABDs to consider the full range of career pathways open to them. The site is mainly for humanities and social science graduate students, but may benefit others as well. The Versatile PhD offers:

• A thriving, supportive web-based community where students can participate in discussions, network with PhDs and ABDs outside the academy, or just listen and learn by osmosis
• A frequently updated Jobs Board where employers post openings for both HSS and STEM fields graduates
• Examples of successful resumes and cover letters that resulted in real PhDs and ABDs getting their first post-academic positions
• A collection of compelling first-person narratives written by successful non-academic PhDs and ABDs, describing how their careers have developed after grad school and where they are today
• Panel discussions in which PhDs and ABDs working in specific non-academic fields describe their jobs and answer questions.  Past topics include Federal Government, Policy Analysis, Freelance Writing and Editing, Higher Education Consulting, Management Consulting, and University Administration
• Complete Confidentiality--No one at the University of Massachusetts Amherst or any other academic institution will know you are accessing this resource unless you choose to tell them