November 13, 2012
By Nike Nivar
The AHA is happy to announce that we will be offering a free, premium-content subscription to Versatile PhD as a new member benefit. Versatile PhD is a confidential web-based resource that aims to prepare PhDs and ABDs for careers outside academia. It works to identify and demystify nonacademic careers, and reveal interesting professions that require the skills historians cultivated (or are currently cultivating) in graduate school. Versatile PhD is a web-based resource that you can use anytime, from any computer, confidentially. No one will know you are using this website unless you tell them.
Some of the tools available:
- A thriving, supportive web-based community where you can participate in discussion forums and network with PhDs and ABDs outside the academy.
- A bank of successful resumes and cover letters used by humanities and social science PhDs and ABDs to get their first postacademic positions.
- Compelling first-person narratives written by successful humanities and social science PhDs and ABDs who have gone on to nonacademic careers, describing how their careers developed after grad school and where they are today.
- Seven panel discussions every year with Versatile PhDs working in nonacademic fields. Past topics include freelance writing and editing, higher education consulting, management consulting, federal government, and university administration. These panels are all archived and available for use at any time.