I was dissertating in Rhetoric and Composition at Ohio State in 1999 when I realized I’d probably be happier in a non-academic career. Not finding much information on career options for humanities PhDs, I started the first ever online community about that subject. The community, a listserv, grew and became a lifesaving resource for thousands. I continued managing the list after I graduated in 2000 and pursued my own successful non-academic career, most notably as a Grant Writer and Director of Development for local and national non-profits.
In 2010, I left fundraising and launched Versatile PhD, a leading web-based career resource for doctoral students and new PhDs interested in non-academic careers. The same wonderful community that I created earlier now lives on the Versatile PhD site and is stronger than ever. Versatile PhD serves all of the research disciplines, has over 85,000 individual members and is supported by over 75 subscribing institutions. I help guide the company on an advisory basis and am also available for campus visits.
5 MINUTE VIDEO ON THE VERSATILE PHD STORY
“Paula was both engaging and personable as she discussed the variety of opportunities which are open to Ph.D.s and graduate students. Her passion for helping all of us find our ideal career was apparent to everyone.”Brice Russ
“The most informative and eye-opening presentation I have attended during 7 years of PhD study.”Kazuya Toyama
PREPARING PhDs FOR NON-ACADEMIC CAREERS