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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, January 27, 2021
    9:00 am to 9:45 am

    Preparing for Virtual Career Fairs and Employer Events

    Career Fairs and employer events are great ways to explore opportunities, practice communication skills and network with recruiters and hiring managers. This spring all of our employer events will be online and preparation for this format will be helpful in order to have a successful experience. This workshop will focus on the strategies and tools you can incorporate in order to prepare for these events and stand out as a candidate.

  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Practice Your Pitch: A Workshop

    Whether you are communicating your research or trying to create a memorable impression with a future employer, being able to introduce yourself and share expertise in a concise and compelling way will help you to stand out. In this session, attendees will learn some useful strategies to strengthen their pitch and spend time actually practicing it and receiving feedback—a critical part of the process. Jen Levy, M.Ed., Assistant Director for Graduate Career Services, has extensive experience in supporting Duke students in their professional goals and will be leading this instructive session.


Alumni Profiles Series: Celia E. Naylor

January 20, 2021
Celia E. Naylor, Ph.D.

"Whatever the form of our relationships at Duke, we learned a lot about ourselves, what we really wanted, and our purpose(s) in academia and beyond. I think that is why some of us remain connected. We went through some of life’s challenges together. I would not have finished graduate school without the scholars in my cohort in the History Department..."

Alumni Profiles Series: Jothy Rosenberg

December 9, 2020
Jothy Rosenberg, Ph.D.

"A really important thing is to find a team with complementary skills. In other words, find people who have skills that you don't have. For example, when I was first starting out, I didn't have any idea how to raise money for a startup. So we found somebody who had worked in a venture capital firm and was interested in our work. He raised the money, and I pitched the company from a technology standpoint. And once you've assembled this team, you should learn from them as fast as you can."

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