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The Versatile PhD is an online resource designed to help members of the graduate community who are interested in exploring non-academic career options. All graduate students, postdocs and alumni have free access to premium resources provided through the CU Boulder’s subscription.


  • Read inspiring first-person stories by experienced non-academic PhDs.
  • Learn about many non-academic career options and explore them in-depth.
  • See authentic examples of résumés and cover letters from PhDs who secured their first jobs away from faculty track.
  • Become part of a thriving, supportive online community where you can participate in discussions and network with PhDs outside the academy.
  • Attend local meetups to further develop relationships to help get your post-academic career started. 
  • Take professional development courses specific for PhDs.

How to Access Versatile PhD

First-time users:

  • Log in to Handshake
  • Go to the Career Center tab (at the top of the page)
  • Click on Resources
  • Open the Versatile PhD article, click setup my account
  • Register for your free premium account

Once you have been authenticated through Handshake, you may login here.