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The Graduate School provides its students with access to premium content on The Versatile PhD (VPhD), an online resource to help humanities, social science, and STEM graduate students and Ph.D.s in all fields identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers. If you’re contemplating a job search beyond the tenure track, VPhD can demystify the process and possibilities.

To access the premium content, click the button below. On the login page, choose "Click here to log in with your Duke NetID" (see screenshot on right). Follow the on-screen directions after logging in.

Here is a sampling of what you can find at The Versatile PhD:

  • The Ph.D. Career Finder helps you explore possible career options and features first-person stories of Ph.D.s and A.B.D.s working in those professions. They share their experiences of pursuing a nonacademic career as well as actual résumés and cover letters that they used in landing their jobs.
  • Options for Success, a six-module career exploration and professional development program designed to help graduate students and postdocs identify viable career paths, understand the link between their degrees and the professional world, and confidently manage the transition from university to high-quality professional career.
  • Forums allow you to join networking groups, learn about the career paths of other Ph.D.s, and ask questions to a diverse, sympathetic, and knowledgeable community. There are two forums, one for Humanities/Social Sciences scholars and another for researchers in STEM fields.

If you have any questions or problems regarding access to VPhD premium content, contact Alumni who wish to take advantage of Duke's subscription should contact Dr. Melissa Bostrom, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development, to request access.