The University of Iowa

Graduate College invests in new career resource for students

Versatile PhD offers resources and a supportive community for PhDs & ABDs seeking work outside the academy.  The institutional subscription means that all UI students, postdocs, faculty, and staff have free access to the website by creating an account using your e-mail address.

If you do not yet have an account, log in here with your HawkID and password and follow the on-screen directions this first time.  Once you have an account, you can log in directly at the Versatile PhD website.  (Questions? Please contact us at

Once you reach Versatile PhD, you'll find:

Hired: Authentic resumes and cover letters that got real PhDs their first jobs away from the faculty track, with detailed analysis that describes how they made the non-academic pivot and shows the application and hiring process step by step

Bio: Inspiring first‐person stories by experienced non-academic PhDs describing how their careers evolved over several years after moving out of the academy, including promotions, advancement, and signature accomplishments

Panel: Detailed inside information on a wide range of specific PhD‐friendly careers provided by PhDs in those careers, along with their answers to grad student questions.

In addition, University of Iowa faculty and student groups can book a speaker to highlight Versatile PhD and other non-academic career resources for graduate seminars or meetings.

Graduate students and postdocs can book a career advising appointment to enhance their Versatile PhD experience and get expert advice on job applications.