Career Discovery Resources

Imagine PhD

Free to all users, ImaginePhD is an online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

The ImaginePhD tool helps span the knowledge gap between doctoral education and the realm of career possibilities. It includes:

  • Three online assessments which allow PhD students to self-assess their career-related skills, interests, and values.

  • 16 job families relevant to the humanities and social sciences are contained on this page. Each job family contains detailed information about types of careers and resources to help PhD students explore, connect, build skills, and apply for positions

  • My Plan provides PhD students and postdoctoral scholars with the opportunity to create an individual development plan (IDP) and set specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based goals that will help them advance in their graduate programs and careers.

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Versatile PhD

PhDs go many places. Let Versatile PhD help you get there!

Versatile PhD is the oldest, largest online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty career paths for PhDs in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields.

Resources to help PhDs and ABDs diversify their career planning include:

  • Options 4 Success, a 6-module career exploration program designed to help graduate students and postdoctoral scholars 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 placement.

  • Threaded discussion boards populated by qualified, helpful people.

  • Opportunities to network with 85,000+ VPhD members across the US and Canada.

  • VPhD Smart Jobs job listings.