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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)


  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Professional Development Progress Lunch

    Whether your aspirations include updating your LinkedIn profile, starting your teaching portfolio, preparing faculty job application materials, conducting informational interviews, or researching career options, join our informal lunch gathering to share your progress and your questions.

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019
    3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    Teaching in No Time 2.0: Week 3 (Webinar)

    In this 4-week webinar you will learn the basics of planning and executing a stress-free course. Through weekly calls and exercises, you will develop the skills you need to teach effectively with less time and stress. Participants can revise a current course or plan a new one.


Letting Go, and Other Lessons from the Mat

July 24, 2019
Courtney Johnson celebrates winning second place in the Carolina Collegiate Jiu-Jitsu tournament

The Duke Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sport club helped a Chemistry graduate student climb out of a hole and unexpectedly learn a few lessons in professional development along the way.

Alumni Profiles Series: Heather Vita

June 26, 2019
Heather Vita, Ph.D.

What is a Medical Science Liaison (MSL), and how can graduate students interested in this career path prepare? Heather Vita, Ph.D. '04 (Pharmacology) shares advice on training opportunities that can help you break into the field and shares potential career advancement opportunities for MSLs.

Don’t Miss Out

Check out all the professional development programs and events we have to offer.