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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, July 12, 2022
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

    A Career Path in Industry Product Development: Coffee Chat with Anthony Geonnatti, Ph.D.

    Join us for an informal chat over coffee and tea with a Duke alum who’s crafted a career path in product development at Johnson & Johnson. As head of Future Self Care Research & Development, director and fellow Dr. Anthony Geonnatti serves as the R&D leader for the Future of Self Care Squad. He works in collaboration with commercial, R&D, and external innovation partners, conducting in-market experiments across dietary supplement, OTC, medical device, and prescription categories to extend Consumer Health’s capacity to innovate beyond existing brands and product formats.

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Professional Development Progress Lunch

    Summer is a wonderful time to make progress on your professional development goals. Join this informal lunchtime gathering to find community with graduate student colleagues from across disciplines as we share challenges and resources.

  • Thursday, July 14, 2022
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

    The Art of Saying No (Webinar)

    Do you often say "yes" to requests without realizing the impact that the response will have on your time and productivity? Do you find yourself angry and resentful because you've said "yes" too often? You're not alone. In this webinar you will learn strategies you can implement immediately so you can add "no" to your vocabulary. This free webinar is provided through Duke's institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.


Alumni Profiles Series: Robin A. Smith

June 15, 2022
Robin A. Smith, Ph.D.

A few years after receiving her Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology, Robin Smith had an epiphany: she could make a living writing about science instead of doing it.

Alumni Profiles Series: Nora Hanagan

June 1, 2022
Nora Hanagan, Ph.D.

“I’m someone who is very mission-driven, and so I find my work with UNC’s Program for Public Discourse very meaningful. Democratic citizens need to be able to engage each other in a constructive manner, especially in the university. I don’t think that the university works if people can’t talk to each other and talk about big and controversial ideas.”

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