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Spring 2017


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 2016-17 academic year. You can find topics relevant to all students as well as specialized programming for two broad disciplinary areas: the humanities and social sciences, and sciences and engineering. This series is offered every two years and is co-sponsored with the Duke Career Center and the Office of Postdoctoral Services.

Visit the Careers Beyond Academia webpage for complete details

Resume Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Thursday, January 12, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Attend this workshop to learn about constructing a focused, tailored document that creates a compelling depiction of your significant skills and experiences. You'll discover the differences between a resume and CV while gaining knowledge about how to demonstrate a strong professional presence. More information

Career Fair Prep Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Tuesday, January 17, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Come to the Career Fair Preparation Workshop to learn about what to expect at the fair, effective company research, professional networking, and communicating with employers at a career fair. More information

Versatile Humanists at Duke Internship Program Launch: Conversation and Networking

Wednesday, January 18, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Are you seeking meaningful work experience to amplify your dissertation research, or interested in exploring a new career path? Join us to learn about the new Versatile Humanists Internship Program for Duke doctoral students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. More information

Whitsell Innovations Medical Writing Internship Session: Scope of Medical Communications

Wednesday, January 25, 9:30 am to 10:30 am
Interested in the next steps after completing your PhD or post-doctoral fellowship? Please join us to learn about potential careers in medical and scientific communication in the life science industries. More information

Cover Letter Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Thursday, January 26, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
In this workshop you will learn a powerful structure for your cover letters and how to make explicit the fit between what you bring and what the employer wants. More information

Working in DC: What to Know Before You Go to Jobs and Internships in Government, Think Tanks, Nonprofits, and More

Friday, January 27, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Are you interested in working in Washington, DC for an internship or professional employment? Learn how best to prepare for the experience as well as leverage your Duke connections in the area once you arrive. Our speaker is Chris Simmons, Duke’s Associate Vice President for the Office of Government Relations. More information

Networking Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Thursday, February 2, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Find out about ways to build mutually beneficial professional relationships, including tips for creating conversation with people you don't yet know, networking norms and strategies, and effective ways to follow up that create and sustain those mutually beneficial professional relationships. More information

Versatile PhD Webinar: Careers in Conservation for STEM PhDs

Monday, February 6 to Friday, February 10
STEM PhDs can make a positive impact on the planet by working in Conservation – the protection and preservation of biodiversity, the environment, and natural resources toward sustainable use for future generations. More information

“Interviewing in the Real World: What to Expect and How to Prepare” with Dara Wilson Grant

Tuesday, February 7, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
Are you planning to pursue a non-academic career path? If so, you will need to prepare for a style of interviewing that is quite different than the academic interview process - from the interview structure to the types of questions asked. Special attention will be given to a common HR/industry method of interviewing called behavior-based interviewing. More information

How I Took a Social Science PhD to the Private Sector: A Talk with Jillian Powers, PhD

Thursday, February 9, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
What kinds of training from a social science PhD are attractive to employers in the private sector? How does a professional in the private sector adopt her working strategies to make a successful transition? Alumna Jillian Powers has worked in both academia and the private sector since receiving her PhD in Sociology in 2011. More information

Careers in Education for STEM Graduate Students and Postdocs

Tuesday, February 14, 9:00 am to 10:30 am
There are many opportunities to teach beyond academia. The panelists will share how they transitioned from STEM disciplines into their current roles, how they found these jobs, and steps that attendees can take to learn more and prepare for careers in education. More information
Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel

Interviewing Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Thursday, February 16, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Interviews are a great opportunity for you to tell your story and show how you can fit with and contribute to an organization. Learn how to effectively prepare for behavioral interviews, including strategies for conducting research about the organization and the STAR format for organizing your responses to interview questions. More information

Careers in Publishing for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Thursday, February 23, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Humanists and social scientists who enjoy reading and research can leverage their skills and interests in publishing. Our panelists will discuss the different roles available in the publishing industry, identify ways to gain experience and entry into the field, and share career advancement opportunities. More information
Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel

“How to Avoid Self-Sabotage and Win at Salary Negotiations” with Dara Wilson Grant

Tuesday, February 28, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
This workshop is a step-by-step guide to navigating the negotiation process, especially when it comes to managing your emotions. More information

A Social Sciences PhD’s Career Path in Consulting

Tuesday, February 28, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Learn how alumnus William Choi navigated a path from academia to consulting after receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from Duke. Dr. Choi began his career as a Senior Consultant at Micronomics/InteCap before transitioning to a role as Economist with Econ One Research Inc. He is currently Managing Director with AlixPartners in the San Francisco Bay area. More information

Careers in Writing, Editing, and Communications

Wednesday, March 1, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Humanities and social sciences graduate students hone their writing and editing skills throughout their programs. What kinds of career opportunities exist for those interested in leveraging these skills professionally? Our panelists will share their experiences as writers, editors, and in communications work. More information
Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel

Careers in Data Science for STEM Graduate Students and Postdocs

Thursday, March 2, 9:00 am to 10:30 am
The analytical and technical skills needed for data science are often a good match for people with advanced STEM degrees. At this event, panelists will share how they transitioned from academia into their current roles, how they found these jobs, and how attendees can take steps to learn more and prepare for careers in data science. More information
Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel

Versatile PhD Webinar: Careers in Think Tanks for Humanities and Social Science PhDs

Monday, March 6 to Friday, March 10
In this free online panel discussion, hear from ABDs and PhDs from Humanities and Social Science fields who have made the transition to careers in think tanks. More information

Insight Data Science Fellowship Info Session

Wednesday, March 8, 9:30 am to 10:30 am
Yan Kou, Head of Insight Health Data Science Fellowship program, will be leading a discussion on careers in data science and data engineering. The Insight Fellows Program is a training fellowship designed to bridge the gap between academia and a career in data science. Insight provides seven-week, full-time, postdoctoral training fellowships in Silicon Valley, New York and Boston. More information

Research & Development Careers in Biotech with Fannie Mitchell Expert in Residence Ben Buehrer, PhD ‘94

Friday, March 10, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Research and development (R&D) careers in the biotech and pharma industries are a popular choice for students and postdocs interested in conducting research outside of academia. Hear from a current Vice President at ZenBio about industry experiences and tips for breaking into the field. More information

Careers in Evaluation and Community-Engaged Research

Thursday, March 23, 9:30 am to 10:30 am
Jessica Sperling, PhD, is Manager of Evaluation & Engagement for the Duke Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) & Duke Education and Human Development Incubator (EDHi). Jessica will discuss her path to evaluation and careers in evaluation - an area of work that utilizes PhD conceptual and empirical training in applied settings. More information

“Leaving the Ivory Tower: Managing the Emotional Side of Career Change” with Dara Wilson Grant

Tuesday, March 28, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
In this informative session, participants will learn about the emotional obstacles that can keep us stuck in an academic career path that is no longer fulfilling. Participants will also learn how former postdocs and graduate students found the courage to follow a more rewarding career path. More information

Versatile PhD Webinar: Careers in Think Tanks for STEM PhDs

Monday, April 3 to Friday, April 7
In this free online panel discussion, hear from ABDs and PhDs from STEM fields who have made the transition to careers in think tanks. More information

Managing Your Research Career Using an Individual Development Plan (IDP)

Tuesday April 4, 9:30 am to 11:30 am
During this forum, participants will learn how to develop clear and specific goals and objectives, along with a plan for executing them. More information

“Applying for Industry Jobs” with Kelly Scientific Resources

Thursday, April 6, 9:30 am 10:30 am
In this informative session, Angela Barbry Stewart, District Manager for Kelly Scientific Resources, will discuss what industry employers are looking for. Topics will include the most effective way to construct your resume, references, networking skills, and interviewing. More information

An Ivory Tower with a View: Approaching the Non-Academic Job Market with a Humanities PhD

Saturday April 8, 10:00 am to 2:30 pm
This professional development event will feature Dr. Zachary Ernst, who will share his experiences and insights on how to leverage graduate education to meet the demands of a non-academic job market. More information

Careers in Regulatory Affairs

Tuesday, April 25, 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Regulatory Affairs (RA) is a promising field for scientists searching for alternative careers because it offers a multitude of starting jobs and opportunities for advancement. More information

Core Competencies

Advanced time management: a workshop for Graduate students

Tuesday, January 24, 12-1:30 pm
Join us for a workshop with Joy Birmingham, Senior Practitioner at Duke Learning & Organization Development. This workshop will equip you with strategies to understand your strengths in managing short- and long-term goals. More information

what does confidence look, feel, and sound like? A workshop for Graduate students

Thursday, January 26, 12:30-2 pm
How do you wish you came across to your colleagues? Want to experience confidence that is truly felt? Express yourself with clarity and conviction? This workshop with In The Public Eye President Joy Javits will help you develop skills in confidence and communication. More information

Working in DC: what to know before you go to jobs and internships in government, think tanks, nonprofits, and more

Friday, January 27, 12:00-1 pm
Are you interested in working in Washington, DC for an internship or professional employment? Learn about the range of opportunities available in DC, successful job-seeking strategies specific to the area, and ways to prepare for the experience. Our speaker is Chris Simmons, Duke’s Associate Vice President for the Office of Government Relations. More information

An Introduction to Your Professional Development at Duke: A Workshop for Ph.D. Students

Monday, January 30, 12-1:30 pm
Whether you’re a new PhD 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 Master’s Students

Tuesday, January 31, 12-1:30 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

Making a Successful Impression (and How to Handle Mistakes If You Make Them): A Workshop for Graduate Students

Wednesday, February 8, 3-4:30 pm
Do you have an upcoming conference presentation, challenging conversation, or other situation for which you'd like advice? This workshop with In The Public Eye President Joy Javits will help you build the skills you need to make a good impression. More information

Leveraging Your Strengths: A Workshop for Graduate Students

Monday, February 13, 12-1:30 pm
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

PUblic Intellectuals: Bringing a public into being

Friday, March 3, 12-1:00 pm
What does it mean to write to "bring a public into being"? Why do this sort of writing? How does the practice of writing for a public affect other, more academic-focused forms of scholarly writing? Join us for a discussion with two scholars who write frequently for non-academic publications. More information

Fulbright Grants for Graduate and phd Students

Tuesday, March 21, 3-4:00 pm
Get professional or research experience abroad for 6-12 months! Staff from Nationally Competitive Scholarships at Duke will tell you about all you can do around the world with a Fulbright and the various grant types. More information

Cultivating a Culture of Mentoring

Tuesday, April 4, 3-4:30 pm
How can you establish supportive mentoring relationships? What is the role of good mentoring in your success as a graduate student? Join in the conversation in this interactive workshop. More information

Humanities research and transferable skills for phd students: a lunchtime conversation

Wednesday, April 26, 12-1:30 pm
This panel of Ph.D. students will address the relationship between research activity and skill building—specifically, how their research engagements with Bass Connections, Humanities Labs, and Data+ honed project management skills that can transfer to myriad academic and nonacademic work settings. More information

An Introduction to Your Professional Development at Duke: A Workshop for graduate Students

Thursday, June 1, 12-2 pm
Whether you’re a new graduate 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

How Do You Lead People Who are Not Like You? Myers-Briggs Type and Leadership

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 1-3 pm
Have you ever wondered how your personality preferences shape the way you interact with other people? 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, whether in the classroom or beyond. More information

Conflict Resolution, with Rhonda Sutton, Ph.D.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 9:30-11 am
What strategies can you use to resolve conflict effectively? This workshop, led by Dr. Rhonda Sutton, will help you identify your preferred mode for handling conflict and learn how and when to use this approach successfully. More information

Ph.D. Career Paths

Careers in think tanks for Humanities and Social Science Ph.D.s (Online)

Monday, March 6 through Friday, March 10
In this free online panel discussion, hear from ABDs and PhDs from Humanities and Social Science fields who have made the transition to careers in think tanks. More information

Careers in CONServation for STEM Ph.D.s (Online)

Monday, February 6 through Friday, February 10
In this free online panel discussion, hear from ABDs and PhDs from STEM fields who have made the transition to careers in conservation. More information

Careers in think tanks for sTEM Ph.D.s (Online)

Monday, April 3 through Friday, April 7
In this free online panel discussion, hear from ABDs and PhDs from STEM fields who have made the transition to careers in think tanks. More information

Alumni Lunch: Humanities and Social Sciences

Tuesday, April 4, 12-1:30 pm
The Alumni Lunch is an opportunity for graduate students in the humanities and social sciences to meet distinguished and recent alumni in an informal setting. Current graduate students who wish to attend must register. More information

ALUMNI LUNCH: Physical sciences and Engineering 

Tuesday, April 5, 12-1:30 pm
The Graduate School will host a lunch for current graduate students and alumni in the physical sciences and engineering on Wednesday, April 5. Students will get a chance to meet distinguished and recent alumni in an informal setting. Current graduate students who wish to attend must register. More information

ALUMNI LUNCH: Biological Sciences

Tuesday, April 6, 12-1:30 pm
The Graduate School will host a lunch for current graduate students and alumni in the biological sciences on Thursday, April 6. Students will get a chance to meet distinguished and recent alumni in an informal setting. Current graduate students who wish to attend must register. More information