The Graduate Student's Guide to the Non-Academic Job Search

August 29 @ 2:00 – 5:00pm
1310 Sterling Hall

Join guest speaker Anne Krook to learn how non-academic employers think about graduate students as potential employees, how to get ready for the non-academic job market while you are still in graduate school, and how to conduct a job search. We will also review a tool (provided after the session) that assesses all your skills – not just academic ones – and review a resume and discuss how to write yours. A reception with refreshments will follow from 5:00-6:00 pm. Register here »

Transferable Skills: What You Get When You Get a Ph.D. and What Employers Want

September 21 @ 4:00 – 5:30pm
Union South, Check TITU

As a Ph.D. candidate you develop skills that are important for your career development and will be useful whether you stay in academia or pursue other careers. These “transferable skills” that you acquire can be used in many different types of jobs and are valued by employers. In this session, you will have the opportunity to identify these skills, discover career fields that are a good fit for your skills, and learn tips for presenting your skills to potential employers. Register here »

Networking for People Who Hate Networking

October 19 @ 4:00 – 5:30pm
159 Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building

So many of us absolutely detest networking. It has a reputation as a manipulative, self-serving, sleazy endeavor involving hard-sells and soft cheese. Yet real networking builds lasting, mutually beneficial relationships, one person at a time. Nothing cheesy about that. This session will go over a myriad of techniques to help you find a networking tactic that is both effective and comfortable for you. Expect to talk to strangers, learn some valuable lessons and enjoy yourself. Register here »

The Versatile PhD


The Versatile PhD is a web-based resource for graduate students, Ph.D.s, alumni, and postdoctoral fellows interested in exploring non-academic careers. The site can be accessed from any computer and is confidential. While many areas of the site are open to everyone, UW-Madison is a subscriber, which means that current students, faculty, staff and recent alumni get access to the high-quality PhD Career Finder of the Versatile PhD site. More »

The Versatile PhD Online Career Panels

Throughout the semester, The Versatile PhD hosts several free, web-based asynchronous panel discussions on career fields outside of academia. These are conducted in a threaded discussion board format; you are free to participate anytime during the week or access archived content after each panel. Mark your calendars!

September 19-23: Ph.D.s in Translation

October 17-21: Ph.D.s in Medical Writing

November 14-18: Ph.D.s in Cultural Resources Management More »

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