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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, May 29, 2019
    8:30 am to 12:00 pm

    Career Options for STEM Ph.D.s Networking Event

    Want to build connections with the local biotech, pharma, and government community and learn more about these careers? Duke graduate students and postdocs are invited to attend a networking event at the North Carolina Biotech Center. Guests will include bench scientists, business owners, entrepreneurs, consultants, CEOs, venture capitalists, government researchers, tech transfer specialists, and patent specialists from local companies.

  • Thursday, May 30, 2019
    9:30 am to 10:30 am

    Careers at LabCorp

    Interested in continuing your scientific career at an established and innovative global life sciences company based in North Carolina? LabCorp, headquartered in Burlington NC, provides comprehensive clinical laboratory and end-to-end drug development services. LabCorp is hiring PhDs for multiple positions. At this information session, you will have the opportunity to discuss Ph.D. career paths and the LabCorp hiring process as well as to network with speakers from the company.


Alumni Profiles Series: Adam Muzikant

May 14, 2019
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"You need to know how to tailor your presentation of information based on your audience. It takes experience as well as specialized knowledge to be able to describe and advocate for particular technologies and treatments."

Making Time to Write: The Value of Writing Groups

April 30, 2019
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How can you stay productive and maintain a regular writing practice all year long? Graduate students in Psychology and Neuroscience share their experience organizing a departmental writing group with funding from The Graduate School’s Professional Development Grant.

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