The Versatile PhD

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PhDs go many places. They're in academia, government, non-profits, industry. They use their skills, their knowledge, their agile minds, their expertise. They're happy, successful, and feel rewarded by what they're doing. But how did they get there? The Versatile PhD (VPhD) helps you answer that question.

VPhD is the largest online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhD graduates in humanities, social sciences and STEM fields. Best of all, its free to UB students, faculty, staff and postdocs.

Before you can access Versatile PhD, you must authenticate with your UB credentials. Once you've authenticated, you can then log in (or sign up) to access UB's VPhD portal.

VPhD Feature Spotlight

Career Finder

VPhD’s Career Finder lets members access resources that detail experiences of humanities, social sciences and STEM PhD graduates who have embarked on non-academic career paths, informed by resumes, cover letters and narratives.

Smart Jobs

The smart jobs feature provides new career ideas and opportunities to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Smart jobs keeps an updated list of available jobs around the U.S. and provides easy access to apply for these jobs.

Power Search and Networks

Use these networking tools to search a database of over 95,000 active members, by name, discipline, employer, location, and more. Additionally search the volunteer-led meetup database for in-person support and networking.

Options for Success Course

Options for Success is a six-module course designed for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to identify career paths, understand how their degree is linked to the career and navigate the transition from student to professional. Course participants will assess their strengths, identify interests, build a network, learn to market their skills, and more.

My Plan

My Plan allows you to enter your anticipated date of graduation as well as the field of study or degree program you are in, and generates a personalized board of dated goals for your graduate journey. Each of the dated goals comes with a detailed objective and best practices on how to achieve them.

Forums and Webinars

Visit the VPhD forums and watch the pre-recorded webinars featuring experts in various career fields, resume examples, inspiring biographies, question and answer sessions, meetups, panel discussions to help you prepare for your transition into a career, and much more.

The Graduate School is pleased to provide this resource in collaboration with the Career Design Center, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and University Libraries.