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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, October 17, 2017
    9:00 am to 10:30 am

    The Academic Interview - STEM

    In this session, a panel of Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members in the sciences and engineering will discuss the interview process for faculty jobs, including the campus visit, the job talk/chalk talk, and typical interview questions. | Panelists: Damaris Lorenzo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology at UNC Chapel Hill; Ann Marie Pendergast, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke; Amanda Randles, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke; John Willis, PhD, Professor of Biology at Duke

  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

    Inside Graduate Admissions: An Introduction for Future Faculty

    To help future faculty members promote transparency and accountability, Posselt shares concrete strategies to improve graduate admissions review. This session will include ample opportunities for questions and conversation.

  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm

    Networking Workshop for Graduate Students

    Find out about ways to build mutually beneficial professional relationships, including tips for creating conversation with people you don't yet know, networking norms and strategies, and effective ways to follow up that create and sustain those mutually beneficial professional relationships.


Learning Etiquette for Dinner—and Professional Life

October 11, 2017
Etiquette Dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy

The dinner table is the best place to make new friends and build your social network. An intimate etiquette dinner with alumni helped Pathology students grow more confident and prepared before entering the professional world.

Envision Your Post-Ph.D. Future with ImaginePhD

October 4, 2017
ImaginePhD cycle

Gift yourself the time and space to reflect on what you’ve accomplished so far and where you’d like to go in the future. Imagine where your Ph.D. can take you, and begin building a plan to accomplish your vision. The new ImaginePhD tool for the humanities and social sciences is available to Duke users starting October 9.

Alumni Profiles Series: Vijeth Iyengar

September 27, 2017
Vijeth Iyengar

"Be engaged with your community – take advantage of the leadership positions available, and reach out to Duke alumni. Expand beyond your current research bubble and talk with some of the professors and students beyond your department, so that you can get outside perspectives." 

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