Professional development Series

  • What: Series of one-off workshops to help graduate students broaden their career perspectives and develop core competencies
  • Open to: Duke Graduate School Ph.D. and master's students
  • When: Throughout the year, including the summer

Events in the Professional Development Series can help students identify and develop the transferable skills they need to succeed in graduate school and their transition to their careers beyond graduation. 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 changes 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.

Some programming is offered through cross-campus collaborations. To see the complete series, visit the websites for the Mentoring and Communication Series and the Careers Beyond Academia Series.


Melissa Bostrom, PhD
Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development
Duke University Graduate School

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