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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, April 14, 2021
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    RCR Forum: Ethics of Data Management and Sharing (GS717.07)

    This workshop will explore the many different ethical issues that can arise with data management and sharing and strategies to address those issues to ensure that goals set by publishers and funders around reproducibility and reuse can be met.

  • Thursday, April 15, 2021
    11:00 am to 12:30 pm

    Name Pronunciation (IHouse)

    With this training, we aim to learn about the importance of correct name pronunciation and its impact on effective communication with people from different cultural, ethnic, and national backgrounds


Alumni Profiles Series: Erica Edwards

April 7, 2021
Erica R. Edwards, Ph.D.

“We often think about our world outside of what we do academically as separate from our research, but often our most interesting questions come from our openness to the rest of the world.”

Alumni Profiles Series: Deborah Chay

March 24, 2021
Deborah Chay, Ph.D.

“The more I succeeded as an academic, the less in touch I felt with a broader community of people. It started to feel like the only thing worse than not getting tenure would be getting tenure and doing this for the rest of my life.” 

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Check out all the professional development programs and events we have to offer.