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Fall 2020 Events

During Fall 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.

The Mentoring and Communication Series
Careers Beyond Academia Series
Alum & HR Zooms Series

Core Competencies

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Careers Beyond Academia

  • Thursday, October 15, 2020
    10:00 am to 11:00 am

    Networking: A Tool for Exploring Careers and Building Professional Relationships

    Networking is one of the most effective approaches to getting your career on the fast track. Yet, for a variety of reasons (eg, shyness, fear of “schmoozing”), we often fail to make networking an active part of our job search – even though it’s the way most people get their jobs! In this workshop, you will learn the keys to tactful networking along with easy-to-use strategies for face-to-face conversations, making email connections, and the appropriate use of social media.

  • Monday, October 19, 2020
    12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

    Alum Zoom: 5 Career Questions with a Duke Ph.D.

    Please join us for a series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke PhD students and postdocs. On October 19, our guest is Micah Gilmer, PhD '09 (Cultural Anthropology), Senior Partner at Frontline Solutions.Frontline Solutions is a Black-owned consulting firm that serves the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. They also build tools, models, and ventures that create far-reaching impact.  Micah works with clients to design research processes, build strong organizational cultures, and evaluate impact.

  • Thursday, October 22, 2020
    3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    Developing Business and Professional Skills for Graduate Students and Postdocs

    Business skills are necessary in most work settings and in a variety of roles. In this panel discussion with alumni, learn what skills are commonly sought by employers and why these skills are relevant. You will also leave with strategies for further developing these skills. This is part one of a two-part series.  This session will focus on business strategy, teamwork, and time management/delegation.

  • Thursday, October 22, 2020
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    The 2-Hour Job Search Workshop with Steve Dalton

    In this workshop, Fuqua career coach and The 2-Hour Job Search author Steve Dalton offers an exact process–rather than a series of tips–for effectively turning strangers into advocates, leading to more internal referrals and more job interviews. This session proposes an efficient alternative to hopelessly applying to online job postings by turning the difficult topic of networking into something finite and replicable.

  • Friday, October 23, 2020
    10:00 am to 10:45 am

    Shift Happens: How to Build Flexible Career Plans in Uncertain Times

    Now, more than ever, career planning should involve preparing for multiple possibilities. So how do you  prepare for your dream job but also devise plans B and C to keep multiple options open? This session will help you begin the process of exploring career options, identifying transferable skills, and determining a plan for organizing and taking next steps.

  • Wednesday, November 4, 2020
    6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

    Career Panel: Women in Science Beyond Academia

    Duke University Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) presents this virtual career panel and discussion, followed by breakout rooms with the panelists. Four incredible panelists discuss the opportunities for women in their fields, how to undergo the transition from academia to their positions, and any other questions you might have. Our panelists’ interests span multiple fields including data science, ecology, science communication, science writing, government relations, strategy consulting, and biotech research.

  • Wednesday, November 4, 2020
    11:00 am to 11:30 am

    Alum Zoom with Lauren Anderson, Ph.D., and Brandon Hall, Ph.D., Duke Surgery Office of Research Development

    After graduation, do you want to stay in a university environment and stay involved in research--just not as a PI? Do you like analyzing and evaluating grant ideas/resources/experimental design? Are you often counted on to be an objective, critical thinker when reviewing documents to make sure there are no gaps in logic or presentation? Research Development may be a career for you to consider!

  • Thursday, November 5, 2020
    12:00 pm to 12:45 pm

    Negotiating Job Offers with Confidence

    In this workshop you will learn how to evaluate and negotiate components of a job offer. You will also practice how to identify your value, conduct market research to benchmark salary/benefits and role-play scenarios using effective responses and strategies. This workshop is useful for those targeting any type of industry, including academia.

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020
    11:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Careers in Medical/Scientific Writing with Whitsell Innovations

    Still love science, but wondering what to do if the bench isn’t for you? Medical/scientific writing is one of the fastest-growing careers for PhDs in the sciences. Rebekah Fleming, PhD, Medical Writer and Consultant (and former Duke postdoc), will speak on “The Scope of Medical Communications.” The presentation will provide an overview of careers for PhDs who are interested in combining their scientific acumen and writing skills.