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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)


  • Monday, September 16, 2019
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    Leveraging Your Strengths

    Using the CliftonStrengths assessment, this workshop will help you explore a new way to talk about your skills. We will investigate strategies for communicating your strengths to others, the challenges that your strengths might pose for you, and ways you can use information about your strengths to thrive in a team setting. All participants will receive a free CliftonStrengths assessment to complete prior to the workshop; registration closes September 8 at 11:59 pm.

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019
    10:00 am to 11:30 am

    Effective Networking for Graduate Students and Postdocs

    We have all heard that networking is essential for your career but many of us aren't sure how to go about it effectively. In this workshop, you will learn strategies to help you network more successfully in the U.S. across all types of industries, including academia. We will practice using online tools to make contact with new people and to also maintain your relationships over time.


Alumni Profiles Series: Tommy Miyakowaza

September 18, 2019
Tommy Miyakowaza

Tommy Miyakowaza received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke in 2008. His focus was on transonic fan flutter mechanisms and aerodynamic damping using computational fluid dynamic tools under the advisement of Dr. Robert Kielb and the Guide Consortium. During his graduate studies, he interned with Rolls-Royce in the Fans & Compressors group; shortly after graduating, he returned to the company, where he has been ever since.

Virtual Pedagogy: Centering Students through Digital Lessons

September 11, 2019
Anderson Hagler teaching

How can digital tools facilitate student-centered lessons inside the classroom—and out? Anderson Hagler has tackled this issue face-to-face in his history class and virtually as an online teaching assistant. Here are his take-aways.

Alumni Profiles Series: Heather Megosh

September 4, 2019
Heather Megosh, Ph.D.

Find out how volleyball spiked Heather Megosh's consulting career at McKinsey, and read her essential advice for graduate students worried about long-term career planning.

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