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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)


  • Wednesday, May 25, 2022
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

    Nuts and Bolts of Professional Presentations

    Being able to clearly communicate your research is a key skill in almost any field. One common way we share the impact of our work is through professional presentations, like seminars that are part of a job interview or short talks that are part of symposia at meetings and conferences. In this workshop, we will discuss how to approach presentations as narratives that take your audience on a shared journey of discovery and cover basic concepts on how to create and use slides that clearly present information in a logical and easily digestible way.

  • Thursday, May 26, 2022
    12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

    Senior Leadership Insights: A Conversation with Darryl Webster, J.D., Senior Executive and Advisor to Biotech and Life Sciences Companies

    Get insight into a career in biotech and pharma with this month’s conversation featuring intellectual property attorney Darryl Webster '82, J.D. Mr. Webster has been part of the management team taking Precigen, Inc. public and in-house patent counsel for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (now Pfizer). In a conversation with biomedical engineering Ph.D. candidate Ellery Jones, he’ll reflect on leveraging his 30+ years of global corporate experience as an advisor to life sciences concerns.


Transitioning My Social Science Skillset to Start a Small Business

May 4, 2022
Katelyn Mehling Ice, PhD

Katelyn Mehling Ice's passion for food has taken her many places over the years. This past October, a special group of friends took a chance on her and gave me the opportunity to test out a prepared meal service, Sliced by Ice. Starting a new business is hard, but the skillset she's developed through her time as a social science Ph.D. candidate has made this new chapter a little bit easier.

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