Events in the Professional Development Series can help students evaluate and prepare for the range of career options open to master's- and PhD-prepared professionals. This series is designed to broaden graduate students’ career perspectives and develop competencies in communication, self-awareness, professional adaptability, leadership, and professionalism.
Programming is offered on a two-year cycle and change each semester; over the course of two years, the series includes opportunities to learn about career paths in each of the five major career sectors available to alumni of The Graduate School: academia, business, entrepreneurship, government, and nonprofit.
Summer 2020 Events
During Summer 2020, The Graduate School partnered with the Office of Postdoctoral Services and Duke Career Center to offer virtual programming in several series. Visit the websites for these series for a full list of events in each of these themes.
- Wednesday, May 13, 202011:00 am to 11:30 am
Please join us for a summer series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke postdocs and PhD students. On May 13, our guest is Donna Crabtree, PhD, former Duke postdoc in Pediatrics-Hematology/Oncology. Donna is now Research Program Leader for the Duke Office of Clinical Research (DOCR).
- Thursday, May 14, 20202:30 pm to 3:15 pm
This workshop will help you identify the transferable skills you’ve already developed in graduate school or your postdoc experience, brainstorm opportunities to continue growing your skills, and connect with tools to help you plan for further development.
- Friday, May 15, 202010:00 am to 11:00 am
Join your fellow grad and postdoc parents to learn about and discuss best-practices for managing work at home with children. Talk through maintaining structure for children, maintaining balance for adults, being creative, supporting children, promoting positive behavior, and participating in self-care. Share what is working and what is not working for you!
- Thursday, May 21, 20202:30 pm to 3:15 pm
This workshop will introduce several key tools that support you in assessing your skills, interests, and values as you consider possible career alignment. In addition, you’ll learn about two important resources for further career exploration.
- Tuesday, May 26, 20201:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Please join us for a summer series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke PhD students and postdocs. On May 26, our guest is Sarah Diringer, PhD '16 (Civil & Environmental Engineering), Senior Researcher with the Pacific Institute, a Bay Area research nonprofit.
- Thursday, May 28, 20202:30 pm to 3:15 pm
Learn how to leverage the Duke Alumni Network together with LinkedIn to maximize your career research and possibilities for connections. Find out how you can put that knowledge into action through informational interviews with professionals in organizations and careers of interest.
- Thursday, June 4, 20202:30 pm to 3:15 pm
Stay on track with your momentum by joining this progress meetup. Whether you’re seeking structure, feedback, or community in working on your professional development goals, please join in this informal gathering to share what you’re working on with graduate student colleagues, find solutions to challenges you’re encountering, and create accountability to keep your progress moving forward. Registration is limited to allow for conversation.
- Thursday, June 4, 202011:00 am to 11:30 am
Please join us for a summer series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke postdocs and PhD students. On June 4, our guest is Jen Shen, PhD '16 (Public Policy), Quantitative UX Researcher at Google.
- Tuesday, June 16, 202011:00 am to 11:30 am
Please join us for a summer series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke PhD students and postdocs. On June 16, our guest is Dana Hancock, PhD '08 (Genetics), Sr. Genetic Epidemiologist and Director of the Center for Omics Discovery and Epidemiology at RTI International.
- Thursday, June 18, 202012:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Learn how to “step in” to create a culture of respect and civility. We’ll explore how we can intervene when we see behavior that feels disrespectful or harmful.
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Melissa Bostrom, PhD
Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development
Duke University Graduate School