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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)



Embracing Team Diversity

August 8, 2017
Loise Ng'ang'a, Meghan O'Neil, and Yi Ding, 2017 ELI team members

“Given the ELI experience, I continue to realize the incredible power of respecting each person’s point of view and leveraging individual strengths and skill sets to achieve a common goal. I also understand the importance of constantly striving to enhance self-awareness to my disciplinary, behavioral and cultural dispositions."

Alumni Profiles Series: Elizabeth Brake

July 25, 2017
Elizabeth Brake

"We often talk about being 'entrepreneurial' in your career, but that doesn't mean you have to start a business. For Ph.D. students, being entrepreneurial is much more about being open-minded and being deliberate about building relationships with people."

Becoming a Better Teacher: Trans* Inclusive Pedagogy

July 6, 2017
Transgender Pride Flag

In a political climate that has recently included North Carolina’s HB2 and discussions of the policy implications of Title IX, how can instructors cultivate a respectful and inclusive classroom environment?

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