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Spring 2019 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.

Whitsell Innovations Medical Writing Internship Session: “The Scope of Medical Communications”
Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Medical/Scientific Writing is one of the fastest-growing careers for PhDs in the sciences. The presentation will provide an overview of careers for PhDs who are interested in combining their scientific acumen and writing skills. Dr. Ann Winter-Vann (PhD '04), Senior Writer at Whitsell Communications, will address medical writing for pharmaceutical, biotech, and device companies as well as how industry clients use medical writers to share clinical data in manuscripts, training materials, and presentations. More information

Preparing for Career Fairs and Employer Events: a Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Career fairs and other types of employer events are great opportunities to connect with recruiters or hiring managers, explore career opportunities and practice your communication and networking skills. Preparation is key in order to have a successful experience. This interactive session will focus on the strategies and tools you can incorporate in order to prepare for these events and stand out as a candidate. More information

Online Information Session: VH@Duke Internships 2019 (with Off-Campus Partner Organizations)
Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 12;00 pm to 1:30 pm

This year, Duke humanities PhD students can apply for “pre-created” internship opportunities with seven different off-campus organizations. Representatives from the National Humanities Center, the Durham History Museum, Stagville State Historic Site and other organizations will be on hand to chat with students about the opportunities. Former VH @ Duke interns will discuss their experiences as well. More information

Cover Letter Writing: a Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Cover letters are very common in the US and provide you with an opportunity to convey your interest in a position and how you can contribute to the organization’s success. In this session, you’ll discover what employers are really looking for, how to analyze a job description and create a persuasive cover letter. Please bring a laptop in order to create or polish up your draft and get feedback. More information

Online Information Session: The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

The 2019 Competition for the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program will soon be announced, with a deadline in March. The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program places recent PhD graduates from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Interested in learning more? Join us for lunch and a videoconference with John Paul Christy (ACLS Program Director) and Abbie Langston (Duke Literature PhD ’14; Mellon ACLS Public Fellow ’15-’17). More information

2019 Career & Summer Opportunities Fair
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Join the Duke Career Center for their spring career fair! This fair is open to graduate students and postdocs from all programs and departments. Meet employers searching to fill internships and full-time positions. Professional attire preferred. More information

Networking Basics: A Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

We’ve all heard that networking in essential for your career but many of us find it awkward and aren’t sure how to do it effectively. In this session, you’ll learn strategies for approaching networking events (ranging from academic conferences to industry events) and practice the actual conversations you might have in those settings. We’ll also teach you about the best ways to conduct outreach meetings and how to maintain your professional relationships over time. More information

Working in DC: What to Know Before You Go to Jobs and Internships in Government, Think Tanks, Nonprofits, and More
Thursday, January 31, 2019, 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 Christopher Simmons, Duke’s Associate Vice President for the Office of Government Relations. More information

Managing Stress During the Job Search: A Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Friday, February 1, 2019, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Searching for a job or internship can be a stressful experience. In this workshop, learn techniques for managing stress and how to apply those techniques throughout the job search process. More information

“Leaving the Ivory Tower: Managing the Emotional Side of Career Change” with Dara Wilson-Grant
Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 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

Interview Practice for Non-Academic Jobs
Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

In this workshop, you will learn useful strategies to prepare responses and practice answering some of the most common interview questions while receiving constructive feedback. The focus will be on positions outside academia. More information

Take Your Teaching Skills Anywhere: Identifying Transferable Skills from your Teaching Experiences
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

In this interactive workshop you will uncover how your teaching experiences can help potential employers understand the crucial skills you’ve learned in graduate school—skills that are transferable to a variety of careers beyond faculty positions. More information

How to Explore Career Options with Your Graduate Degree
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Feeling overwhelmed by the idea of choosing a career after graduation or following your postdoctoral appointment? Learn how to design an effective method for exploring, evaluating and deciding on the next steps in your career. No matter where you are in the career decision-making process, this workshop can help you! More information

Consulting Careers: From Boutique to Big Three
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

The skills you develop in a graduate program are highly desirable to consulting firms. In addition to data gathering, breaking down problems into manageable pieces, and articulating possible solutions clearly, recruiters are looking for candidates with strong analytical skills. To share more about the field, a panel of consulting professionals from four organizations, ranging from 8 to 28,000 employees, will speak about their career paths and the pros and cons of working at firms of their sizes. More information

Introduction to Consulting: Brains for Hire
Thursday, February 14, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Are you curious about how you can apply your research skills in a consulting career? Join us for this workshop offered in collaboration with the APD Consulting Club to learn about careers in consulting for graduate students and postdocs and to practice a mini-case interview. More information

“Developing Habits & the Mindset for Performance Excellence,” with Fannie Mitchell Expert in Residence Jeff Coleman, PhD
Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

This workshop will address topics such as building confidence, managing your time and energy, setting and achieving goals, and developing a healthy mindset. More information

Experimental Design in Industry: An Interactive Workshop
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

In this interactive workshop, Dr. Geoffrey Hird and Dr. Christina Hofmann will walk participants through the experimental design process they use at Liquidia Technologies when engineering drug particles to transform the lives of patients. Attendees will learn about product development, quality by design, factorial designs, and other principles that industry scientists use. More information

Advanced Networking Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

If you have already been meeting professionals in your fields of interest but aren’t sure where to go from there, then this workshop is for you. In this interactive session you will learn how to maintain and deepen your professional relationships over time and also how to utilize your network while in an active job search. More information

A Career in Pharma: Lunch and Learn with Robert Roscigno, PhD ’95, Geoffrey Hird, PhD ’01, and Christina Hofmann, PhD ’15
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Join us for an informal lunch conversation about career paths through academia and industry with three Duke PhD alumni now working at Liquidia. During this discussion, graduate students and postdocs can gain insights on how to succeed in the pharmaceutical industry. More information

Networking: A Tool for Exploring Careers & Building Professional Relationships
Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 9:30 am to 11:00 am

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. More information

Small Talk Can Be Awkward but You Don’t Have to Be! A Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

If small talk makes you nervous, come to this interactive workshop where you can practice topics to discuss, strategies for approaching people, entering/exiting conversations gracefully and how to follow-up with people afterwards. More information

Careers in International Development
Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 9:30 am to 11:00 am

If you would like to learn more about the different types of employers in international development and the kinds of skill profiles they are seeking, join Caroline Korda Poole for an interactive session that will help you make sense of this crowded field. From geographic considerations to in-demand skills, salaries, and other benefits, Caroline will help you understand the complex and competitive job market in international development and will help you focus on the organizations and roles that would be the best fit for you. More information

How to Prepare and Network Effectively at Conferences
Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Conferences can be wonderful opportunities to showcase your research, learn from others in the field, and also develop a strong network of people who can impact your professional growth. In this workshop we will practice making small talk and networking with others during a conference. We’ll also cover tips and strategies on what to wear, how to ask engaging questions during sessions and the best ways to prepare overall. More information

Interviewing in the Real World: What to Expect and How to Prepare
Thursday, March 7, 2019, 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

Discover a Career as a Medical Science Liaison with Fannie Mitchell Expert in Residence, Heather Vita, PhD’04
Wednesday, March 13, 2019. 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Come learn about an exciting career option in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry from Heather Vita, PhD (‘04 Pharmacology), a Senior Medical Science Liaison (MSL) at SAGE Therapeutics. She has held previous MSL roles at Teva Pharmaceuticals and UCB with expertise spanning epilepsy, migraine, movement disorders and women’s mental health. More information

Job and Internship Search Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Make the most of your time and energy when searching for a job or internship. Learn how to identify your skills, plan a targeted search, conduct informational interviews and build a job and internship search plan that works for YOU. Leave with resources for where and how to search for opportunities and clear next steps to take in your process. More information

Career Exploration Group for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Thursday, March 21, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Are you curious to learn about the variety of careers people pursue after graduate school or a postdoc? If you would like some guidance on how to explore your career options with the support of a small group, then please join us for this 5-week series! Trained counselors will guide you through the career exploration process and help to connect your skills, interests and values to a wide range of occupations, then make decisions. You will also learn how to effectively connect with alumni and other professionals to build a strong career community. More information

Polishing Your Online Presence: A Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Online tools such as LinkedIn, portfolios or personal websites can be useful opportunities to promote yourself. If you would like assistance creating or polishing your online presence then join us during this hands-on “lab” where you can look at samples, receive tips and get immediate feedback. Please bring a laptop or smart device to work and make edits. More information

Managing Personal & Professional Relationships: A Workshop for Graduate Students & Postdocs
Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Life as a graduate student can be complex and challenging. For graduate students in committed relationships, the irregular work hours, high expectations, and sudden changes in priorities can create difficult situations. In this workshop, learn strategies for maintaining healthy relationships while in graduate school. In addition to personal relationships, you'll learn how these strategies and tools can apply to professional relationships, which will be beneficial throughout your career. More information

A Career Path at Eli Lilly and Company: Alumni Perspective and Information Session
Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Alumni Katherine Alser Kim, PhD ’16 (Chemistry) and Bumki Kim, PhD ’16 (Chemistry) will be joined by Senior Research Fellow Warren McKellar, PhD to share their career paths and insights on working at Eli Lilly and Company. They will also discuss postdoctoral fellowship opportunities, including a current opening for a postdoctoral scientist. Please join in this informal session to learn about Lilly and its employment opportunities. More information

Discover a Career in Private Secondary Education with Andrew Ruoss, PhD ‘17
Friday, March 29, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Come learn about teaching and conducting research at an elite private school from Andrew Ruoss, PhD ’17, Instructor in History and Economics at Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT. Andrew will speak about the process of applying to jobs at private secondary schools, his teaching interests, and common co-curricular responsibilities at prep schools. More information

How to Avoid Self-Sabotage and Win at Salary Negotiations
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 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

Careers in Program Management and Project Planning at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute
Thursday, April 18, 2019, 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Are you interested in a career in research program management? Would you like to stay involved with cutting-edge academic research, just not necessarily at the bench or as a PI? Come to this info session to learn more about what PhDs at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute do, and about the Program Manager II position currently open to PhDs. More information

 

Core Competencies

An Introduction to Your Professional Development at Duke: A Workshop for Master’s Students
Thursday, January 10, 2019, 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. The workshop is open only to current master's students in The Graduate School. More information

Advanced Time Management for Graduate Students
Monday, January 14, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

This workshop will equip you with strategies to understand your strengths in managing short- and long-term goals. You will also learn ways to build new habits and break with old ones to ensure your success. More information

Pump Up Your Professionalism
Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Come to a fun, interactive and intimate session led by Certified Etiquette Trainer (CET) Ms. Sharon Hill. Learn essential networking skills such as the power of a handshake, the magic of eye contact, the secrets of small talk, and how to give and receive a business card. More information

An Introduction to Your Professional Development at Duke: A Workshop for Ph.D. Students
Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:15 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, including the new Duke OPTIONS tool. More information

Surviving Your Dissertation: Writing Groups and Other Survival Tools
Monday, January 28, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

This workshop will present useful strategies for structuring your writing life, including thinking about the role that writing groups can play in completing a major project in a timely, and even enjoyable, manner. More information

Improving Your Presentation Presence
Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

You spend a great deal of time preparing your presentation visuals and talking points. Do you invest the same preparation in your presentation presence--that is, the nonverbal components of your presentation like vocal quality, movement, and eye contact? In this interactive workshop, you'll learn strategies for projecting an effective presentation presence from Joy Javits, President of In the Public Eye: Effective Communication. More information

Showing Confidence in Oral Communication: An Interactive Workshop
Monday, February 4, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Want to experience confidence that is truly felt, express yourself with clarity and conviction? Do you long to be engaging and engaged, curious, open, and persuasive? We will dedicate our interactive time together to these goals. In The Public Eye President Joy Javits will be your coach for this limited-enrollment workshop. More information

Take Your Teaching Skills Anywhere: Identifying Transferable Skills from your Teaching Experiences
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

In this interactive workshop we will uncover how our teaching experiences are an ideal way to help potential employers understand the crucial skills we’ve learned in graduate school—skills that are transferable to a variety of careers beyond faculty positions. More information

Speed Networking with Duke Alumni
Whether you're interested in meeting professionals in industry, startup, government, or academia, you'll find leaders in these sectors among the members of The Graduate School's Board of Visitors. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet these members in a speed-networking context. More information

Taking Ownership of Your Professional Development, or What I Wish I'd Known when I Started My Ph.D.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

In this workshop, soon-to-graduate Ph.D. student Maria Carnovale shares three key strategies that can help you take ownership of your graduate education. More information

Fulbright Grants for Graduate Students: An Information Session
Thursday, March 21, 2019, 3:00 pm to 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 differentiate the various types of grants available. Come learn how Duke can offer support to help you develop your strongest application. More information

Courage for Introverts: How to Put Yourself Out There Without Selling Yourself Out
Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 am

If you have found that you hold your ideas —and yourself — back, join Caroline Korda Poole for an interactive workshop that will allow you to investigate the limiting thoughts and patterns that prevent you from presenting your ideas with confidence. More information

Cultivating a Culture of Mentoring
Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 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

Trust Your Instincts: Intuition, Leadership, and Listening to the Body
Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 9:30 am to 11:00 am

If the world’s most successful people trust their intuition, what is it, and how can you tap into and trust yours as well? Join Caroline Korda Poole for an interactive and entertaining workshop on the art and science of trusting your intuition and inner guidance. More information

Failure: It's Good For You!
Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Join Caroline Korda Poole for a lively and interactive workshop to explore the hidden nature of failure. If you can learn to learn from your failures with compassion for yourself and others, you will be able to transform your life. More information

 

Ph.D. Career Paths

In addition to the events below, please visit the Careers Beyond Academia website for even more opportunities.

Navigating the Academic Job Market as a First-Gen
Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Join us for a light breakfast and discussion on what it is like to be first-gen on the academic job market. More information

Alumni Lunch: Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

The Alumni Lunch is an opportunity for graduate students in the biological and biomedical sciences to meet distinguished and recent alumni in an informal setting. More information

Alumni Lunch: Humanities and Social Sciences
Thursday, April 4, 2019, 11:30 am to 1:00 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. More information

Alumni Lunch: Physical Sciences and Engineering
Friday, April 5, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

The Alumni Lunch is an opportunity for graduate students in the physical sciences and engineering to meet distinguished and recent alumni in an informal setting. More information