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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)


  • Tuesday, October 26, 2021
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm

    RCR Forum: Project Management for Academics (GS717.16)

    **Extra session added** This Duke Libraries workshop, appealing to graduate students across disciplines, provides a gentle introduction and overview to key principles and concepts in project management and how they can be applied effectively in academic work.

  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021
    1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    New Faculty Zoom with Ajenai Clemmons, Ph.D.’21, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of Denver

    As part of a series of short, focused conversations with PhD and postdoc alumni who successfully navigated the academic job market during the pandemic, we'll feature Ajenai Clemmons, Ph.D. '21, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Scrivner Institute of Public Policy, the Josef Korbel School of International Relations at the University of Denver.

  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021
    3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Making a Great First Impression

    Because networking opportunities can arise at any moment, it’s important to be ready to introduce yourself, your work, and your interests. An elevator pitch is quick and clear personal introduction, making you more memorable to contacts. In this workshop, led by Greg Victory, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Executive Director of the Duke Career Center, you will learn what contributes to a successful elevator pitch and will have the opportunity develop your own pitch.


Alumni Profiles Series: Audrey Bowden

October 13, 2021

"Confronting that fear [of not being successful] head-on is what ultimately allowed me to pursue my academic career. It was my defining moment: I'm not going to let fear stand in the way of me doing what I feel is my life’s calling."

Alumni Profiles Series: Wanda Wallace

October 6, 2021
Wanda Wallace, Ph.D.

"There is no single path in a career, and today more so than ever. Don’t get stuck on planning it all out. The most interesting jobs are the ones that emerge along the journey."

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