Launched in 2014, The Graduate School's Emerging Leaders Institute provides graduate students and postdocs an intensive professional development opportunity where they work as part of an interdisciplinary team.
“When I first became a Digital Humanities Specialist I didn’t know that I was going to love having meetings but I really do. I like coming in to work and I like having people around, and I love being a consultant. I love it when people come in to see me and they say, ‘I have this idea, how do I do it?’ and I have the resources of the FHI and Duke to help them.”
Some people spend energy working on their weaknesses, but you might be better off identifying and leveraging your strengths. Lucy Chikwetu shares her story of strengths carrying her from the dusty streets of Mucheke, Masyingo, Zimbabwe to an engineering Ph.D. program at Duke.
How scary do the words “Academic Job Market” sound? Now try to say these words with a foreign accent, draft a cover letter with a different language interfering with your (very professional) writing, and decipher a job ad without the advantage of a lifetime in the U.S. to understand how the American higher education system actually works. A series of workshops designed by graduate students in Romance Studies helped them overcome some of these challenges during job application season.