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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)



How to Leverage Resources on Campus to Secure a Non-Academic Job

January 16, 2019
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Thinking about pursuing positions in consulting or other non-academic careers? Yating Li, Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Policy, shares how she found resources and communities at Duke to support her throughout the application process.

Alumni Profiles Series: Carol Ensinger

January 9, 2019
Carol Ensinger

"A good mentor has to want to see a person develop professionally as well as personally. As a manager, I felt that the word manager did not sound that much different from mentor. In addition to making sure tasks were completed, I made sure that the people who worked under me progressed in their careers."

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