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Your Professional Development Begins Today

No matter what your career plans are, your graduate school experience must encompass more than just coursework, research, presentations, and publications. The Graduate School provides programs, resources, and events to help you with every step along the way—from identifying potential career paths, to developing skills to compete for them, to managing your career. These opportunities will help prepare you for success in academia, business, entrepreneurship, government, and nonprofits. Professional development is not one workshop or one course; it is something you do throughout your time at Duke. So get started now.

Overview of professional development offerings from The Graduate School (PDF)


  • Thursday, August 13, 2020
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

    Cultivating Your Network of Mentors, Sponsors and Collaborators (Webinar)

    Join this webinar to map your current mentoring network, identify your unmet needs, and plan how to expand your existing network to meet your current needs. This free webinar is provided through Duke's institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.

  • Friday, August 14, 2020
    3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    RCR Forum: Library Toolbox for Responsible Research in the Humanities (GS714.02)

    This interactive online workshop will introduce you to a variety of library resources to support your research practices. We’ll cover copyright and fair use, citation practices and avoiding plagiarism, research data management, using rare materials and manuscripts, and issues in scholarly publishing from an author’s perspective.


Mentoring: Put It On Your Calendar

August 5, 2020
Mentoring calendar artwork from cover page

Aiming to put mentorship back on the daily agenda, an Emerging Leaders Institute team designed a colorful monthly calendar with tips and best practices for getting the most out of your mentor-mentee relationships.

What Mentees Really Think of Mentors, and More

July 29, 2020
Mentoring graphic

How is your relationship with your mentor? This 2020 Emerging Leaders Institute interdisciplinary team investigated mentor and mentee perceptions of mentoring across four departments at Duke.

Alumni Profiles Series: Stephen Williams

July 22, 2020
Stephen Williams, Ph.D.

"I do executive recruiting for biopharma companies.  I rely very little on CVs.  To me, a CV is like a DNA sequence, a string of letters that mean nothing until they are expressed. My job is to express the CV and those letters."

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