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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, July 24, 2018
    12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

    Professional Development Progress Lunch

    Summer is a wonderful time to make progress on your professional development goals. Whether your aspirations include updating your LinkedIn profile, starting your teaching portfolio, preparing faculty job application materials, conducting informational interviews, or researching career options, join our informal lunch gathering to share your progress and your questions.

  • Thursday, July 26, 2018
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    How to Navigate The Academic Job Market, with Dr. Karen Kelsky - Week 1 (Webinar)

    In this 3-week course offered through the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, Dr. Karen Kelsky will walk participants through the conditions of the current American academic job market, the most common mistakes made by job-seekers, and the ways to maximize your chances of success while looking for a tenure-track job. Part One will cover the big-picture conditions of the U.S. tenure-track job market, how to think like a search committee member, why you need a five-year plan of productivity, and the four core qualities of a successful tenure-track job candidate.

  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm

    Site Visit to EA Genomics / Q2 Solutions (IQVIA) [Register by July 20]

    The Duke Career Center is excited to announce Summer 2018 Industry Site Visits for graduate students, postdocs, and recent alumni. Take advantage of this great opportunity to connect with local employers. The visit will include a company presentation, introduction to key employees, and an office tour.


Alumni Profiles Series: Jennifer Perry

July 11, 2018
Jennifer Perry, PhD

"Graduate students tend to be nervous about two things: writing research proposals and giving presentations on their work. These are two invaluable skills that will serve you well regardless of what you do or where you are after graduate school, so you should hone those skills!"

Alumni Profiles Series: Michael Kurilla

June 20, 2018
Michael Kurilla, MD, PhD

“I think we need to get away from the notion, especially in the pure sciences, that we should not deal with problems or projects that are too practical or too political. The truth is, as soon as someone other than the scientists cares about a particular issue, that issue becomes a political one. So be open, take advantage of opportunities to enrich and understand the broadened relationship of what you do within your field to the rest of the world.”

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