You work for your doctorate, but how can your doctorate work for you? This session explores the concept of the ‘versatile PhD’ – a qualification that can lead to dynamic outcomes and a range of employment opportunities. The session features a panel of speakers, all of whom have found creative means to put their doctorate to use in various fields of professional practice, whether within or beyond the academy. As part of the session, we will also map out and piece together our own possibilities and trajectories from the PhD onwards. In doing so, we will think about the role of the PhD in the bigger picture, as well as what we can do now to prepare for life beyond it. You will have often been asked in relation to your PhD, ‘So what are you going to do with that?’ (Basalla and Debelius, 2008). This session seeks to inspire answers and stimulate reflection on that question.