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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, April 24, 2018
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Science Policy Careers for PhDs Panel

    Join Duke INSPIRE and other graduate students for a panel discussion with Duke science doctoral degree alumni who have chosen policy career paths in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The alumni panel will address non-academic careers in public policy and the paths that led them to their current roles.

  • Thursday, April 26, 2018
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Neurobiology Professional Development Series: NIEHS Chief of Neurobiology Laboratory Jerry Yakel, PhD

    The goal of this series is to provide opportunities for students to engage professionals with training in neuroscience/neurobiology who have successfully followed a variety of career paths, including academic research. We are hosting individuals representative of non-academic sectors and providing a forum for students to discuss navigating the academic job market with Neurobiology faculty at various stages in their careers.

  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018
    3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Information Session

    Learn more about the The Preparing Future Faculty program at Duke. Applications are being accepted soon for next year. PFF provides a yearlong experience for PhD students and postdocs to prepare them for the multiple roles they may be asked to assume as future faculty members in a variety of academic institutions.


Assessing Our Market Value

April 19, 2018

Recent alumni from the English Department return to the third floor of the Allen building to share their experiences navigating the academic job market with current graduate students.

The Dao of Dissertating

April 11, 2018

Anxiety can prevent you from getting work done, especially when it leads you to avoid writing. Here’s some concrete advice for tackling the problem head-on.

Leverage your Strengths to Become the Best Version of You

April 4, 2018
Strengths Word Cloud

Some people spend energy working on their weaknesses, but you might be better off identifying and leveraging your strengths. Lucy Chikwetu shares her story of strengths carrying her from the dusty streets of Mucheke, Masyingo, Zimbabwe to an engineering Ph.D. program at Duke.

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