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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)


  • Friday, November 22, 2019
    3:00 pm

    Using Your Skills in Consulting: How to Make an Impact Beyond Your Academic Discipline (Webinar)

    Dr Kathleen Foote turned an expertise in Physics, with a focus on Physics Education Research, into a successful career in consulting by leveraging her diverse quantitative and social science skills. She is currently a Senior Consultant with Deloitte. In this webinar, Kathleen will talk about her pathway to non-academic work, provide insights into the world of consulting, and discuss the need to absorb and utilize knowledge. This VersatilePhD webinar is offered through The Graduate School's subscription to VersatilePhD.

  • Tuesday, December 3, 2019
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Emerging Leaders Institute Information Session

    Learn about the 2020 Emerging Leaders Institute from the program director and past participants. The Emerging Leaders Institute is an in-depth professional development program for Graduate School students and postdocs, designed to prepare you to hit the ground running as competent, confident, and effective leaders at Duke and beyond.


Alumni Profiles Series: Amit Bagga

November 13, 2019
Dr. Amit Bagga

"The most important thing I think you can do [to manage up] is to be open and transparent with your manager, especially if you have bad news. A lot of people don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but the more you delay in sharing such information, the bigger the negative impact can be."

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