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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, November 29, 2018
    11:00 am to 11:45 am

    Speed Networking with Duke Alumni

    Meet distinguished alumni who serve Duke as part of The Graduate School's Board of Visitors through this speed networking opportunity. Whether you're interested in connecting with professionals in industry, startup, government, or academia, you'll meet leaders in these fields.

  • Thursday, November 29, 2018
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Post-Ph.D. Financial Success: How to Prepare for and Navigate Your Transition (Webinar)

    Start your next job on the right foot by successfully navigating your financial transition out of your Ph.D. training. Discuss everything from moving expenses to higher taxes to your possible new financial priorities like student loan repayment, retirement savings, and buying a home. You’ll leave the webinar with a list of concrete action steps to take and pitfalls to avoid whether you’ve just accepted a job offer or are still a year or more away from looking for a job.

  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    A Career in Academia, Industry, and Government: Lunch and Learn with Michael Kurilla, MD, PhD ‘85

    Join Dr. Michael Kurilla to learn insights from his career path through academia, industry, and government and join in informal conversation about his transitions between these sectors. Dr. Kurilla is currently Director of the Division of Clinical Innovation at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Division at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


The Future of Scholarly Publishing: Diversity and Inclusion

November 14, 2018
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Scholarly publishing, like many facets of the academic world, faces challenges and opportunities for improvement when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this week’s blog post, learn how a recent Duke event brought together representatives from Duke UP, Oxford UP, and local faculty to consider how we might make progress together.

Alumni Profiles Series: Arjun Rallapalli

November 7, 2018
Headshot of Arjun Rallapalli

"Having worked in an industrial company before my Ph.D., I always thought about returning to do research afterwards. At DISI, I interacted with people from different disciplines and learned about the career in management consulting. It opened the world of consulting to me and changed my track."

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