When your research takes you away from Duke’s campus, you can stay engaged with your professional development. Below you’ll find resources that can support you in developing your resume, LinkedIn profile, and professional development plan; exploring your skills and interests and their alignment with career options; succeeding in academia; investigating career options; viewing past professional development events; and finding podcasts on professional development.
- Career and Professional Development Fundamentals
- Interests Assessments and Career Planning Tools
- Supporting Your Academic Career
- Exploring Career Options
- Videorecordings of Professional Development Events
- Podcasts for PhDs
PhD students can take advantage of Duke OPTIONS, an online professional development planning tool created by The Graduate School, to help them develop six key competencies over their time at Duke.
Using LinkedIn and the Duke Alumni Network
This video and handout, developed by the Duke Career Center, help you polish your profile and leverage LinkedIn as a networking and career research tool. The video will also introduce you to ways to use the Duke Alumni Network as part of your research.
Whether you need guidance on structure and formatting, developing your content, or tailoring your resume to your audience, the Duke Career Center’s videos will help you produce a professional resume.
Humanities and Social Sciences: The Graduate Career Consortium developed ImaginePhD for doctoral students and PhDs in the humanities and social sciences. It’s a powerful tool to help you assess your skills and interests and achieve your career goals.
Psychology: The American Psychological Association created the APA Career Development Website to help graduate students and postdocs assess and optimize career goals and strategies.
Biomedical Sciences: Trainees in the biomedical sciences can use MyIDP, hosted on the Science Careers website. With it you can plan and execute your career exploration process.
Chemistry:The American Chemical Society developed developemd ChemIDP to help graduate students and postdocs in chemistry shape their careers in alignment with their strengths and values and to find the jobs they want.
Developing and Delivering Effective Scientific Presentations
Duke Presenting Clinical and Translational Science (PCATS) experts created a series of videos to assist other scientists in developing effective presentations in four modules: Telling Your Story, Creating Slides, Presenting Data, and Giving Your Presentation.
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
Duke's institutional membership in the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) provides access to many webinars and resources for working productively in academia as a graduate student and faculty member. Many resources focus on writing productivity, but you can also find webinars addressing such topics as building a network of mentors, overcoming academic perfectionism, and working with agents. The NCFDD Library provides archived versions of many past webinars as well.
Find information about how to claim your Duke membership to NCFDD here, and read a post by recent alumna Christina Davidson on the value she found in NCFDD as a graduate student on the Professional Development Blog.
Industry Guides from the Duke Career Center
The Career Center offers a series of extremely valuable guides to help you land a job in the specific industry of your choice. Data Science, Museums and Outreach, Public Policy, and Science Writing and Journalism are only some of the guides to be found at Explore Careers.
The Versatile PhD
The Versatile PhD is a website founded to help graduate students prepare for nonacademic careers. As a Duke student, you can access premium content (go to the access portal, sign in with your Duke NetID, and follow the on-screen instructions). If you’re contemplating a job search beyond the tenure track, The Versatile PhD can demystify the process and possibilities with resources:
- The Ph.D. Career Finder helps you explore possible career options and features first-person stories of PhDs and ABDs working in those professions. They share their experiences of pursuing a nonacademic career as well as actual résumés and cover letters that they used in landing their jobs.
- Forums allow you to join networking groups, learn about the career paths of other PhDs, and ask questions to a diverse, sympathetic, and knowledgeable community. There are two forums, one for Humanities/Social Sciences scholars and another for researchers in STEM fields.
Webinar: Five Actionable Steps for Transitioning Smoothly to a Non-faculty Career
In this free webinar, presented by Bitesize Bio, Duke History Ph.D. alumna Heidi Scott Giusto, owner and founder of Career Path Writing Solutions, discusses how she forged her own career path outside of academia as well as five steps you can begin taking NOW that will help you transition when you are ready.
Chronicle of Higher Education Resources for Career Exploration
Articles in the series "From Doctoral Study to..." include career paths in Administration, Institutional Research, and Assessment Careers.
Throughout the year, Duke offers a variety of professional development topics of interest to graduate students and postdocs. The Office of Postdoctoral Services has archived videos of many of these seminars and workshops, where you get to hear from experts and professionals in a variety of career fields. Visit the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel to access recordings of past series, including:
- 2017-18 Academic Job Search Series
- 2016-17 Careers Beyond Academia Series
- 2015-16 Academic Job Search Series
- 2014-15 Careers Beyond Academia Series
- Figuring it Out: The Graduate School’s very own podcast miniseries! Features conversations with Duke University graduate students about the opportunities and challenges they face during their journeys through graduate school.
- Hello PhD: "A podcast for scientists and the people who love them!" This podcast is great for PhD students in the sciences.
- Vanderbilt Beyond the Lab Podcast: This podcast features interviews with biomedical science PhDs and postdocs about their career paths.
- Naturejobs Podcast: The journal Nature has a podcast about jobs!