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Versatile PhD is an online community helping humanities, social science, and STEM graduate students and PhDs identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers.

Temple University graduate students, faculty, and alumni have full access to a wide range of resources. All are drawn from the experiences of real PhDs who have gone in new professional directions.

To get started, please log into Handshake and find the Versatile PhD link to log in to Versatile PhD. After successfully authenticating with your TU credentials, you'll be taken to the 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.

Once you have used the University's portal or log in to Handshake to validate your connection to Temple, all content in VPhD's PhD Career Finder will be unlocked:

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

Q&A: 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

LONG-TERM: 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

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.