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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, August 23, 2017
    1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

    Mentoring and Graduate Student Success

    The Graduate School will hold a workshop on mentoring and graduate student success on Wednesday, August 23.


A Philosopher Turned Data Scientist on the Non-Academic Market: Lessons from Dr. Zachary Ernst

June 14, 2017
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"A person’s achievement as a graduate student in the humanities can be very relevant to employers if it is presented properly. For instance, graduate students know what’s involved in teaching a college-level class, but interviewers may not! State explicitly that you have designed a course and communicated complex ideas. It’s an impressive feat, so don’t be afraid to show off a little."

Alumni Profiles Series: Heidi Scott Giusto

May 30, 2017
Heidi Scott Giusto

"The safe shelter of school provides the perfect setting to investigate new paths. I’d suggest that you start exploring when the stakes aren’t so high so that, when the time comes, you feel more prepared. When you are prepared, you are empowered, and when you are empowered all the other things tend to fall into place."

Alumni Profiles Series: Andrew H. Roper

May 16, 2017
Drew Roper

"The skills I gained as a teacher are absolutely crucial to my success in industry. Simply put, when you are a teacher you have to communicate complex subjects to people who don’t know anything about them. Being a consultant is like being a teacher in that the people you are working with do not know your jargon, so you have to find another way to connect with them."

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