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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)



Alumni Profiles Series: Michael Kurilla

June 14, 2018
Michael Kurilla, MD, PhD

“I think we need to get away from the notion, especially in the pure sciences, that we should not deal with problems or projects that are too practical or too political. The truth is, as soon as someone other than the scientists cares about a particular issue, that issue becomes a political one. So be open, take advantage of opportunities to enrich and understand the broadened relationship of what you do within your field to the rest of the world.”

“Speed Mentoring”

May 23, 2018
Speed Mentoring

The Speed Mentoring Event was a creative and ambitious idea that exceeded our expectations. It allowed mentees to broaden their network of peer-mentors who could provide multiple resources, not only for completing their respective graduate programs, but for thriving within them as well.

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