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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, December 11, 2018
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Emerging Leaders Institute Information Session

    Learn about the 2019 Emerging Leaders Institute from the program director and past participants. The Emerging Leaders Institute is an in-depth professional development program for Graduate School students and postdocs, designed to prepare you to hit the ground running as competent, confident, and effective leaders at Duke and beyond.

  • Monday, January 14, 2019
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    Advanced Time Management for Graduate Students

    This workshop will equip you with strategies to understand your strengths in managing short- and long-term goals. You will also learn ways to build new habits and break with old ones to ensure your success.


Alumni Profiles Series: Dennis Gilmore

December 6, 2018
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"Cherish the time you have at Duke because you will find it to be the most intellectually stimulating environment that you will ever experience. It may not always be easy or enjoyable, but find time to be thankful for the experience."

Enhancing My Network of Mentors in 36 Hours

November 28, 2018
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Thinking about the value of connecting with Duke alumni as you build your mentoring network? Check out this firsthand account of the Hart Leadership Program's "36 Hours at Duke" event, which connects current graduate students to distinguished alumni in their fields of interest for an intensive collaborative weekend experience.

The Future of Scholarly Publishing: Diversity and Inclusion

November 14, 2018
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Scholarly publishing, like many facets of the academic world, faces challenges and opportunities for improvement when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this week’s blog post, learn how a recent Duke event brought together representatives from Duke UP, Oxford UP, and local faculty to consider how we might make progress together.

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