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Careers in Consulting for Humanities and STEM graduate students

This week on The Versatile PhD there are panels in the Humanities and STEM fields that focus on Careers in Consulting. On both of the panels, you have the opportunity to ask questions to PhD’s who transitioned into the consulting field and find out more about careers in this field. Despite the focus on PhD’s, This panel is beneficial to master’s and doctoral graduate students. It’s never too early to start planning for your career!

In this week’s humanities panel, the experts have their PhD’s in Linguistics, Media Studies, Sociology, Religion, and History. The STEM panel features a Physical-Organic Chemist, Materials Scientist, Physicist, Oceanographer, and Meteorologist. The panelists have introduced themselves on The Versatile PhD, so you can look at their mini-biographies on the site under forums. Panelists will answer any questions you have throughout the week. Don’t be discouraged if none of the panelists are in the same field as you are, they can still offer helpful advice on how to break into the consulting field and be successful in your career!



If you want to ask them a question follow these steps to start the process:

  • Once you are in The Versatile PhD click on Forums at the top of the screen
  • click on the add topic button on the upper right of the forums
  • Begin the title of your thread with the word “Panel” and include a summary of your question in the title


  • Any of the panelists who can answer your question will respond to you throughout the week. Make sure you have your notification set to alert you when someone responds to your thread. If you get into The Versatile PhD and have difficulties, The Office of Graduate Studies is having online “open hours” on adobe connect. You can ask any question about The Versatile PhD and we will help you. We have “open hours” Monday, September 22, 2014 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, and Thursday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.



    If you would like to learn more of the features of The Versatile PhD, attend the adobe connect online session Wednesday, September 24 starting at 5:30 pm where we will discuss all the features that are available to you as part of a member institution. Click here to see our website for more details.

Navigating the Career Search with Versatility


Worried about finding a job after you graduate?


Curious about the different ways you can use your graduate degree?


The Office of Graduate Studies is here to help you explore all the job opportunities that are available to you with your graduate degree. As a student at UT Arlington you now have access to premium content on The Versatile PhD, an online resource to help humanities, social science, and STEM PhD’s identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers. Even though the name of the website is The Versatile PhD, this resource is valuable to anyone in graduate school. It’s a useful tool to plan your career and get helpful advice from people who have used their graduate degrees to obtain careers outside the academy. This supportive online community is available to answer your questions in addition to many other valuable resources that are on the website. The Versatile PhD offers:


  • 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. The first panel will be the week of September 22 through September 29, 2014. The panel will discuss careers in consulting for both humanities and STEM PhD’s.

The Versatile PhD also offers PhD discussion forums, local meetup groups, and job listings posted by members.


Worried that someone might find out you visited Versatile PhD? There is complete confidentiality on the site. That means nothing you write on the site will ever show up on the internet. Plus you can select your own user name, which means you can choose the level of anonymity that you want. Click here to register for The Versatile PhD and start planning your future today!

Vitae- a New Service from The Chronicle of Higher Ed

This is a brand new – just started – sort of sparse – get in at the ground level kind of thing.  The website, as of right now, is more of a mailing list.  However, as per the usual, The Chronicle has packed it with helpful information regarding job search and professional networking.  Example:

The Academic Conference: How to Stand Out From the Crowd

Woooot!  Excellent information in the article linked above, including the suggestion to NOT BE CLINGY!  Get out there and meet people.  I know the temptation to just follow around a single person or stick with people you know.  Don’t do that!  A second strategy is to prepare to have conversations about hot topics in your field and not just the weather or your personal research.  Practice short, intelligent (and well-researched) responses to major and new issues.

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You’re Hired! Now What?

To all those who graduated, or are very close – be aware that buyers remorse isn’t exclusive to material items… It exists in the world of hiring management too!  You finally land a job – start it off right by maintaining the first impression you worked so hard to set.

According to a post by David Perlmutter in The Chronicle of Higher Education:

  1. Be thankful you got the job and don’t drop off the face of the planet once you get the green light.
  2. Respond to “Welcome Emails” from colleagues – you need their support and they need our support.
  3. Don’t compare the old to the new – no one wants to hear it!
  4. You still have to prepare – it is obvious when you don’t.  Teaching Chem 101 won’t be exactly the same.

Congratulations! You have a job!  Now, remember that first impression got you the job will help you keep it!

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Two Workshops Next Week!!

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Curriculum Vitae & Resume Critiques

Wednesday, June 26th 2013, 12:00pm–2:30pm

Chemistry and Physics Building, Room 303

Bring your CV or Resume and have a professional take a look! Get immediate feedback on existing job application materials, such as CVs, resumes, cover letters, and statements of purpose. Or, bring your laptop computer and work one-on-one with editors throughout the session. You can arrive with a blank page, start from scratch, and leave with a CV that is application-ready. SNACKS PROVIDED!

Dissertation Writing Group

Thursday, June 27th 2013, 9:00am–12:00pm

Email lberry@uta.edu for location

Do you have trouble locating a quiet place to write? Would you like to discuss your writing or organization with a trained tutor? Sign up now to work in a quiet, supportive environment that allows for intense, focused, and productive writing. A writing tutor will be available for consultation, but the purpose of this event is focused writing. No content will be presented. After registering to attend the event, email Lisa Berry (lberry@uta.edu) for location information. If you do not own a laptop computer, one can be provided for you. Include this information in your email.

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The Ph.D. Makes a Grand Comeback

Reputation.Com, headed by CEO Michael Fertik, examined common doctoral degrees and found that persons who hold them have seen their careers accelerate by more than 10% on average in terms of compensation (sadly, with the exception of the humanities and education). This research is discussed in a recent Linked In article by Fertik himself.

According to Fertik, the hard sciences, such as chemistry and physics, along with doctoral degrees in fields such as marketing and economics, all make the cut.  These degrees typically lead to higher wages and a greater increase in wages over time.

Granted – nothing is life is for certain, but as of now, the Ph.D. seems like it has made a comeback.

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Cover Letters

Take it from someone (Karen Kelsky, aka, The Professor) who has read approx 2200 cover letters: YOUR COVER LETTER PROBABLY STINKS!  Below, I have highlighted some some errors many students make straight from her amazing and seriously helpful site – The Professor Is In.

-Too long
-Not on letter head
-Doesn’t follow business letter etiquette
-Contains way to much info on your dissertation
-You label yourself as a student (rather than colleague)

Relate to some of these common mistakes? For more reasons your cover letter   probably stinks – and HOW to make it BETTER, check out the Professor’s blog article.

Check out the CV Writing workshop coming up at UT Arlington!

June 12 @ 12:30 p.m.

Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building

Register on the EDGE site. FREE LUNCH!

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Negotiating a Postdoc Position

Tuesday, April 30th 2013 – 6 p.m central! ONLINE!

Join a webinar hosted by the Institute for Broadening Participation on Tuesday, April 30th at 6 p/m/ CENTRAL (7 p.m. Eastern time). An experienced panel (both current postdocs and faculty members) will share their perspectives on this topic, followed by a Question & Answer period. Preregistration is requested! Simply sign up for the event below, through EDGE and we’ll send you the information you need.

You can submit questions before the webinar, online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VG86QR7

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Know What to Expect When You Graduate

Graduating with a Ph.D. is difficult enough on its own, without having to worry about paying off student loans and searching for available tenure-tracks across the country.  Most of you out there will find adjunct positions to help you along the way to your ultimate career goals.  So – know what to expect.

The Adjunct Project helps current and future adjunct faculty get a feel for salaries and what to expect as a cultural “norm” as far as work is concerned.  There is even an advice page.  Get suggestions and assistance from “near peers,” or colleagues who are a few years ahead of you.  They are blazing the path that is closest to your current experience so their advice won’t be outdated.

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Making Your Internship Count

First off – here is a link to the full guide from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Here are a few good points:

1. GET ORGANIZED – Ask your supervisor about the skills you should expect to learn.  Ask for a meeting to create a list of learning outcomes; this way, both you and your supervisor know what is expected and there are no miscommunications.  The point of an internship is to get a feel for the work and to gain useful experience.  If you make coffee, run errands, and pick up dog poo (ok, extreme example) then you aren’t getting the life lessons you deserve.  If you are already stuck in an internship much like the one described above, then a 15-minute meeting could really turn things around or set you on the path to finding a new opportunity.

2. REPORT BACK – Find out who you report to and then…. report!  Make sure your team knows about your contributions.  If you are successful, then excellent.  If you need more guidance, they will be able to provide it before you veer too far off track.

3.  PLAN YOUR CAREER – Ask co-workers, peers, and network contacts what professional organizations they affiliate with, what parts of the job the like the most, where they plan to move next in their careers, and how they plan to get there.  There is no better career advice then someone with the job you want.

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