The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Versatile PhD

The Versatile PhD is a resource for members of the graduate community at Ohio State who are interested in exploring non-academic career options for graduate students. It is open to Ohio State faculty, staff and graduate student alumni who are within one year of finishing their degrees.

The Versatile PhD consists of a supportive online community that is free to use, as well as a premium content area that is not free. The Lhota Office of Alumni Career Management in partnership with the Graduate School and the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Career and Professional Success has purchased a subscription to the premium content area so you may have free access to both.


  • Get support from a community that includes PhDs from outside the academy
  • Learn about many non-academic career options for masters and PhD graduates and explore them in depth
  • See authentic examples of successful resumes and cover letters for a first job — real documents, not made up examples.

Do all this in complete confidentiality. You control your profile, and no one at Ohio State or any other university will know you are participating.

How to use the service

To access The Versatile PhD and the premium content area, please enter below and create an account.

Founded by Paula Chambers, a PhD alumna in English from Ohio State, the Versatile PhD is a web-based resource that provides a confidential community for graduate students to network and to explore resources relevant to this type of career exploration. The key concept is versatility: the ability to apply skills and interests in a wide variety of careers, so that alumni with PhDs have options both in and outside of academia.