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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, March 28, 2017
    9:30 am to 11:00 am

    Leaving the Ivory Tower: Managing the Emotional Side of Career Change

    In this informative session, participants will learn about the emotional obstacles that can keep us stuck in an academic career path that is no longer fulfilling. Participants will also learn how former postdocs and graduate students found the courage to follow a more rewarding career path.

  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

    RCR Forum: Data Management Tools: The Dataverse Project

    This workshop will provide an overview of the Dataverse Project, an open source repository software platform for sharing, preserving, citing, discovering, exploring, and analyzing research data. 

  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    1:15 pm to 2:45 pm

    Career Fair Prep Workshop for Graduate Students

    Come to the Career Fair Preparation Workshop to learn about what to expect at the fair, effective company research, professional networking, and communicating with employers at a career fair. You will leave this interactive workshop with strategies and tools to help you make the most out of your Career Fair experience.


Alumni Profiles Series: Phillip Andreae

March 22, 2017

"Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) really helped me on the job market! I think my participation in PFF helped convince hiring committees, including at Meredith, that I was really interested in teaching and committed to succeeding in a career at an undergraduate-focused institution."

Alumni Profiles Series: Kevin Schoenfelder

March 1, 2017

I would say that the Ph.D. is absolutely a versatile degree. Don’t be afraid to pursue careers that are outside your research background. I encourage you to get creative and look for a career in an area you are passionate about, not just one that is in line with your thesis work.”

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