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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)


  • Monday, September 24, 2018
    11:30 am to 1:30 pm

    How Do You Lead People Who are Not Like You? A Myers-Briggs Type Workshop

    This interactive workshop will help you learn not only about your own behaviors and preferences but also how people with different personality types might perceive those behaviors and preferences, impacting your effectiveness as a leader. Register and complete the online assessment by Thursday, September 20 at 5 p.m.

  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    Leveraging Your Strengths

    Using the CliftonStrengths assessment, this workshop will help you explore a new way to talk about your skills. We will investigate strategies for communicating your strengths to others, the challenges that your strengths might pose for you, and ways you can use information about your strengths to thrive in a team setting. Register and complete the assessment by September 20.


Battling Time? An ELI Team has a Solution

September 12, 2018

Do you feel 24 hours a day is never enough? Do you often miss or extend deadlines? Do you struggle to set your career goals? Do you have an unhealthy work/life balance? If you answered ”yes,” keep reading for help! Even if you haven’t experienced these issues yet, this post might help you prevent these problems in the future.

Growing Your Professional Development Possibilities

September 5, 2018
Professional growth

The Graduate School's Professional Development Grant funds up to $2,000 in discipline-specific professional development activities at the department and program level. If you've got an idea that would benefit you and your colleagues, read on to learn strategies for success in competing for this funding.

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