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Fall 2018 Events


Careers Beyond Academia

Graduate students and postdocs interested in exploring career options in industry, government, and nonprofit can learn about opportunities in the Careers Beyond Academia series throughout the 2018-19 academic year. This series is offered every two years and is co-sponsored with the Duke Career Center and the Office of Postdoctoral Services.

Grad Student and Postdoc Lunch and Learn: Careers in Science Communication and Outreach
Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm

Jory Weintraub, Ph.D., will talk about what the field of science communication/outreach is like and types of jobs that are typically available. He will also give tips on applying for these types of jobs, and give attendees advice on how to build their resumes and get their foot in the door for science communication/outreach positions. More information

Creating a Resume that Stands Out in a Crowd
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 9:30 am to 10:30 am

This workshop will provide you a framework for getting started, converting a CV to an industry resume, and ways to increase your likelihood of getting that initial phone screen or interview. More information

Careers in Assessment and Evaluation: Lunch and Learn for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Monday, October 1, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Jessica Sperling, Ph.D., is Lead, Evaluation & Engagement for the Duke Social Science Research Institute (SSRI). In this Lunch and Learn session, Dr. Sperling will discuss her path to a career in evaluation – an area of work that utilizes PhD conceptual and empirical training in applied settings. More information

Articulating Your Accomplishments: Tips for Building a High-Impact Job Application
Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 9:30 am to 10:30 am

This workshop will provide you with a step-by-step guide to articulating your achievements, as well as a step-by-step framework for tailoring your resume to a specific job announcement. Participants will walk away feeling confident that they can create a high-impact job application for any position they choose to apply for. More information

Exploring Careers Where Computer Science & Genomics Intersect
Wednesday, October 3, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Join us to hear from Victor Weigman, PhD, as he talks about his PhD journey, research, and his role as Director of Translational Genomics at Q2 Solutions, a Quintiles-Quest Joint Venture. More information

Managing Your Research Career Using an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
Thursday, October 4, 2018, 9:30 am to 11:30 am

During this program participants will learn how to develop clear and specific goals and objectives using an IDP, along with a plan for executing them. More information

Exploring Careers in Pharmacy & Biotech
Friday, October 12, 2019, 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Hear from Sarah Thacker, Ph.D., about her journey from pharmacy school to a career in biotech. Sarah is the biology lead for San Francisco-based Vitrisa Therapeutics, a biotech firm with research labs in Durham. More information

Date Night with Data: Exploring Careers in Data Analytics & Data Science
Monday, October 15, 2018, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

This multi-company networking event will provide you with a great opportunity to talk with employers to learn more about data analytics and data science within their organization as well as trends in the industry. More information

Leave a Lasting Impression: Interviewing Tips and Tricks from a Recovering Recruiter
Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 9:30 am to 10:30 am

From researching the job and company, to making that first great impression, this session will give you insider information from a veteran HR professional. Come prepared to learn about connecting with the interviewer, answering interview questions and general etiquette. More information

Scholarly Publishing and Diversity: Talk and Roundtable
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 3:00 pm

What are the challenges for scholarly publishing in the humanities and social sciences in the context of today's shrinking library budgets and the continued publish-or-perish demands of academia? How does the largest university press in the world steer its publishing strategy to influence positive change and continue to succeed as a self-sustaining nonprofit business?  Niko Pfund, President and Academic Publisher of Oxford University Press USA, will provide an overview of what every aspiring author of serious non-fiction should know, with a particular emphasis on the diversity initiatives of Oxford and the industry, followed by a roundtable with faculty members Kamela Hayward-Rotimi and Adriane Lentz-Smith and Duke University Press editor Gisela Fosado. More information

Exploring Careers in Science Policy and STEM Diversity
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Dr. Richard L. Watkins is a scientist, politician, community organizer, academic and entrepreneur. In this session, Richard will share insights and advice from his own professional journey—encouraging students and postdocs to design a career that fits their unique talents and interests. More information

Women in Industry Panel Discussion
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Join WiSE for our fourth annual Women in Industry panel discussion. Our panelists will discuss opportunities for women in industry, how to move from academia into industry, and answer your questions. Dinner will be served. More information

Finding the Right Fit: How to Choose a Rewarding Career
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 9:30 am to 11:30 am

This workshop will help participants understand what makes a career the right or wrong fit, and provide them with a framework for choosing a rewarding career path. More information

A Career Path as an Internet Entrepreneur: Lunch and Learn with Vick Khera Ph,D. ‘94
Friday, October 26, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Since receiving his Ph.D. in Computer Science, Vivek "Vick" Khera has co-founded five internet startups--and sold four of them. In this Lunch and Learn session, Dr. Khera will reflect on his career path to gain insights into success in the startup world. More information

Business Skills All Graduate Students and Postdocs Need
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Skills related to business operations are often necessary in a wide variety of industries and roles. Join us for this round table event where students will learn from several professionals who transitioned from graduate students to proficient employees. More information

Preparing for a Career Spanning Academia and Public Service with Fannie Mitchell Expert in Residence, Thad Williamson, PhD
Monday, November 5, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Are you considering a career that spans academia and public service? Would you like to know more about how you can prepare for public service? Join us to learn about how to build an academic career that crosses traditional lines in conversation with Thad Williamson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, past Director of the Office of Community Wealth Building for Richmond, and past senior policy advisor to the mayor. More information

AAAS Mass Media Fellowship: Alumni Panel
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Curious about science communication? How about spending next summer as a working news reporter through the AAAS Mass Media Fellows program! Hear from program alumni at this panel discussion and prepare for the January 15 application deadline. More information

How to Identify and Leverage Your Transferable Skills
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 9:30 am to 11:30 am

This workshop will help participants identify their core strengths and learn specific strategies for communicating their skills and experience to a broad audience via the cover letter and resume. More information

VH@Duke Conversation with Humanities PhD Alumni: “The Learning Curve”
Monday, November 12, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

This videoconference will allow students to hear from three midcareer Duke Humanities Ph.D. graduates on their professional trajectories through both tenure-track academic and corporate spheres. More information

The 2-Hour Job Search with Steve Dalton, Author and Career Coach, Fuqua School of Business
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Learn from Fuqua career coach and The 2-Hour Job Search author Steve Dalton as he offers an exact process for effectively turning strangers into advocates, leading to more internal referrals and more job interviews. More information

18th Annual NC Master’s & Doctoral Career Fair
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The 18th Annual NC Master's and Doctoral Career Fair at the UNC-Chapel Hill Friday Center is open to advanced degree alumni, candidates, and postdocs in all disciplines who have two years or less to completion of their master's degree, Ph.D., or postdoctoral appointment. More information

A Career in Academia, Industry, and Government: Lunch and Learn with Michael Kurilla, M.D., Ph.D. '85
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Dr. Kurilla is currently Director of the Division of Clinical Innovation at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Division at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and will use this Lunch and Learn session to discuss his career path through academia, industry, and government. More information


Core Competencies

An Introduction to Your Professional Development at Duke: A Workshop for Master’s Students
Friday, August 31, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Whether you’re a new master's student or about to finish your program, this workshop will help you familiarize yourself with the career and professional development resources, programs, and opportunities available at Duke and beyond. More information

An Introduction to Your Professional Development at Duke: A Workshop for Ph.D. Students
Thursday, September 6, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Whether you’re a new Ph.D. student or about to finish your program, this workshop will help you familiarize yourself with the career and professional development resources, programs, and opportunities available at Duke and beyond, including the new Duke OPTIONS tool. More information

Pursuing NSF Funding from Early Career to Postdoc: A Workshop for Graduate Students
Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Whether you’re a first-year graduate student or near your dissertation defense, the National Science Foundation (NSF) offers funding opportunities that may be relevant for STEM (including social sciences) disciplines. This workshop focuses on NSF awards for graduate research and will provide practical, step-by-step guidance for writing NSF applications. More information

Developing Your Personal Leadership Brand
Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 12:00-1:30 pm

Learn how to define who you are to others, draw from your experiences to connect with team members, and effectively use your core values and principles in a leadership role. Learn why you need a leadership brand and what it can do for you. More information

How Do You Lead People Who are Not Like You? A Myers-Briggs Type Workshop
Monday, September 24, 2018, 11:30 am-1:30 pm

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. More information

Leveraging Your Strengths
Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 12:00-1:30 pm

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. More information

Cultivating a Culture of Mentoring: A Workshop for Graduate Students
Monday, October 1, 2018, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

The goal of the session is to empower members of the graduate student community to become partners in the mentoring process, making it a deeply rooted part of the Duke experience. More information

Preparing Ph.D. Applications: A Workshop for Master’s Students
Monday, October 22, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Whether you’re a new master's student or about to finish your program, this workshop will help you familiarize yourself with the career and professional development resources, programs, and opportunities available at Duke and beyond. More information

Speed Networking with Duke Alumni
Thursday, November 29, 2018, 11:00 am to 11:45 am

Meet distinguished alumni who serve Duke as part of The Graduate School's Board of Visitors through this speed networking opportunity. Whether you're interested in meeting leaders in industry, startup, government, or academia, you'll find leaders from their fields. More information