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Versatile PhD - your career planning resource!

It’s never too early to begin thinking about your career. Versatile PhD is an online resource to help you identify, prepare for, and succeed in careers outside of academia.

Versatile PhD is a great resource for Masters and PhD students in all fields. University of Calgary graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni have free access to premium Versatile PhD resources.

To get started, LOGIN HERE. First, you’ll login with your UCalgary username and password to let Versatile PhD know you’re part of our school. Then you'll be taken to 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!

Your Versatile PhD member account gives you access to community discussion forums, a member directory listing thousands of PhDs working across the United States and Canada, job listings, and information about a wide variety of careers.

In the PhD Career Finder, you’ll find:

  • Authentic resumes and cover letters that got real PhDs their first jobs outside of academia, with detailed analysis that describes how they made the non-academic pivot and shows the application and hiring process step by step
  • Inspiring firstperson stories by experienced non-academic PhDs describing how their careers evolved over several years after moving out of academia, including promotions, advancement, and signature accomplishments
  • Panels with detailed inside information on a range of specific careers provided by PhDs in those careers, along with their answers to your questions

Go ahead, discover your abundant career options with Versatile PhD.


Here are some examples of what you'll find on Versatile PhD:

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