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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 26, 2022
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Understanding Professional Competency in Your Career Planning

    How can you demonstrate competency in job application materials or interviews? More importantly, how can you take advantage of your current opportunities as a graduate student or postdoc to build your competency and score your dream job?

  • Wednesday, January 26, 2022
    8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    An International Management Consulting Career: Insights from Jane Wang, Ph.D., Associate Partner at McKinsey and Company

    As an Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company, Jane Wang, Ph.D.’16 serves top global high-tech companies and “internet unicorns” in product development and new business building. She also serves top global pharma companies on digital transformation. In this session, Dr. Wang will share her leadership experience working in management consulting in the U.S. and China and reflect on how a graduate education has prepared her for a career in management consulting.


Alumni Profiles Series: Michelle Embry

January 19, 2022
Michelle Embry, Ph.D.

“Throughout my career, I have been captivated by the application of science. In other words, how do we apply quality scientific research to solve challenges facing our society today? In context of human and environmental health, I bring together stakeholders from academia, industry, government, nonprofits, and research institutes to work on solutions that benefit public health and our environment.”

Alumni Profiles Series: Beth Winkelstein

January 5, 2022
Beth Winkelstein, Ph.D.

"It’s a huge opportunity to have an insider view of the many ideas that the university’s phenomenal researchers, students and faculty are pursuing. Given my love of research, this bird’s-eye view from the Provost’s position is an even more exciting vantage point to observe the pursuit of knowledge."

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