"When I first thought of starting my own company, I was worried about not having the necessary skills to be successful. That really wasn’t an issue. The thing I needed to be more concerned about was whether I had the right attitude."
Many Duke Ph.D. students aspire to a faculty position. But simply securing a position is not the final career goal of a faculty member. What resources are available at Duke to support PhD students who want to thrive in academia?
"I strongly believe that having good mentors is important to one’s career. Good advisors will have high expectations but will also help you understand the larger context of how your research addresses gaps in knowledge and where you can make the most impactful contribution."
Academia or industry? If you’re a STEM Ph.D. candidate, you’ve likely been asked this question countless times regarding your post-graduation plans. But how do you know what path is right for you? Read about how the Graduate Chemistry Council (GCC) has showcased non-traditional careers by hosting various professional development and networking events.
Thinking about moving to DC? Before you go, read the advice that Chris Simmons, Duke’s Associate Vice President for the Office of Government Relations and a registered lobbyist, offered at a recent Careers Beyond Academia event.
Five Duke Ph.D. students, four graduate faculty, and one university program are being recognized for their outstanding efforts in mentoring, teaching, or creating an inclusive environment for graduate education.
"Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) really helped me on the job market! I think my participation in PFF helped convince hiring committees, including at Meredith, that I was really interested in teaching and committed to succeeding in a career at an undergraduate-focused institution."
“I would say that the Ph.D. is absolutely a versatile degree. Don’t be afraid to pursue careers that are outside your research background. I encourage you to get creative and look for a career in an area you are passionate about, not just one that is in line with your thesis work.”