Career Center

Versatile PhD

The Versatile PhD is a resource focused toward non-academic careers for current graduate students in humanities and social science. Registered Duke students have access to PREMIUM CONTENT in this site that is richer than publicly-available material.

Read first-person narratives written by real humanities and social science PhDs and ABDs who have established non-academic careers, describing how they did it and sharing their advice from experience.

  • Join a thriving, supportive, web-based community
  • Tap into a completely confidential discussion--no one at any university will know you are using this website unless you tell them. Not your advisor, not your peers, nobody.
  • Interact with "Versatile PhDs" in and outside the academy.
  • View hiring success stories, employment documents and career autobiographies.

If you want to discuss your own career situation, we also recommend you make an appointment with an advisor at the Career Center. We serve graduate students and you can expect complete confidentiality.

Note: After registering you will receive an email confirmation requesting that you activate your account.
Access Versatile Ph.D

Prior to the launch of The Versatile Ph.D., it operated as WRK4US (1999-2010), an international email discussion list on nonacademic careers for humanities and social science PhDs. We host the archive of conversations that were part of the WRK4US forum as a less recent (but still worthwhile) resource for your review.