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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, June 1, 2017
    12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    An Introduction to Your Professional Development At Duke

    Whether you’re a new graduate student or in the later stages of your program, this workshop can help you get started with the career and professional development resources, programs, and opportunities available at Duke and beyond.

  • Wednesday, June 14, 2017
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    How Do You Lead People Who are Not Like You? Myers-Briggs Type and Leadership

    Have you ever wondered how your personality preferences shape the way you interact with other people? This interactive workshop will help you learn not only about your own behaviors and preferences but also how people with different personality types might perceive those behaviors and preferences, impacting your effectiveness as a leader, whether in the classroom or beyond.

  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    9:30 am to 11:00 am

    Conflict Resolution, with Rhonda Sutton, Ph.D.

    What strategies can you use to resolve conflict effectively? This workshop, led by Dr. Rhonda Sutton, will help you identify your preferred mode for handling conflict and learn how and when to use this approach successfully.


Alumni Profiles Series: Andrew H. Roper

May 16, 2017
Drew Roper

"The skills I gained as a teacher are absolutely crucial to my success in industry. Simply put, when you are a teacher you have to communicate complex subjects to people who don’t know anything about them. Being a consultant is like being a teacher in that the people you are working with do not know your jargon, so you have to find another way to connect with them."

Sitting by the River: A Mindfulness Workshop

May 4, 2017

How often do you worry about yesterday or tomorrow? Developing a practice of mindfulness can help create a lens through which you view your life – its joys, its challenges, and everything in between – with more clarity and less judgment.

Alumni Profiles Series: Vivek Padmanabhan

April 26, 2017
Vivek Padmanabhan

"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."

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