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Professional Development Series

Events in the Professional Development Series can help students evaluate and prepare for the range of career options open to master's- and PhD-prepared professionals. 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 change 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.

Spring & Summer 2022 Events

During Spring and Summer 2022, The Graduate School will partner with the Office of Postdoctoral Services to offer programming in several series, and with the Duke Career Center on the Careers Beyond Academia series. Visit the websites for these series for a full list of events in each of these themes.

The Mentoring and Communication Series
The Academic Job Search Series
Careers Beyond Academia Series
Alum Zooms Series

Core Competencies

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Fulbright and Grants Abroad for Graduate Students: An Information Session

    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 types of grants available. All Duke students and alumni should apply through an on-campus process with deadlines beginning in early summer. Come learn about the possibilities that a Fulbright offers and how Duke can help you develop your strongest application.

  • Wednesday, May 25, 2022
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

    Nuts and Bolts of Professional Presentations

    Being able to clearly communicate your research is a key skill in almost any field. One common way we share the impact of our work is through professional presentations, like seminars that are part of a job interview or short talks that are part of symposia at meetings and conferences. In this workshop, we will discuss how to approach presentations as narratives that take your audience on a shared journey of discovery and cover basic concepts on how to create and use slides that clearly present information in a logical and easily digestible way.

  • Wednesday, June 8, 2022
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Professional Development Progress Lunch

    Summer is a wonderful time to make progress on your professional development goals. Join this informal lunchtime gathering to find community with graduate student colleagues from across disciplines as we share challenges and resources.

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022
    11:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Building Your Skills as an Inclusive Mentor

    Good mentoring has multiple benefits, providing positive relationships and rewarding experiences for both the mentee and the mentor. It leads to increased productivity in work and research settings and promotes career satisfaction. Good mentoring can also increase accessibility and inclusion, which ultimately can increase diversity in the research and scientific workforce. But how can you ensure that your role as a mentor leads to an increased sense of belonging and self-efficacy in your mentees? This workshop will present general principles and guidelines that are the foundation of successful, inclusive, and meaningful mentoring.

  • Wednesday, June 29, 2022
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Professional Development Progress Lunch

    Summer is a wonderful time to make progress on your professional development goals. Join this informal lunchtime gathering to find community with graduate student colleagues from across disciplines as we share challenges and resources.

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Professional Development Progress Lunch

    Summer is a wonderful time to make progress on your professional development goals. Join this informal lunchtime gathering to find community with graduate student colleagues from across disciplines as we share challenges and resources.

  • Wednesday, August 3, 2022
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Professional Development Progress Lunch

    Summer is a wonderful time to make progress on your professional development goals. Join this informal lunchtime gathering to find community with graduate student colleagues from across disciplines as we share challenges and resources.

  • Wednesday, August 17, 2022
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Professional Development Progress Lunch

    Summer is a wonderful time to make progress on your professional development goals. Join this informal lunchtime gathering to find community with graduate student colleagues from across disciplines as we share challenges and resources.

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The Academic Job Search Series

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Careers Beyond Academia

  • Friday, March 4, 2022
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm

    The Journey after Duke: Reflections and Connections with Graduate Alumni

    In this in-person event, join a panel of graduate alumni reflecting on their professional lives since departing Duke. The audience will include a group of distinguished alumni in addition to student participants. An opportunity for conversation with the speakers and the distinguished alumni will follow the panel discussion. Register by Thursday, March 3 at 12 noon.

  • Monday, March 14, 2022
    5:00 pm

    Blooming Beyond Academia

    In this PhD Pathways seminar, Dr. Jameela F. Dallis (Ph.D. English, UNC-CH, 2016) will talk about the choice to leave academia, the transition from academia to industry, and the tips you need to succeed in your career search. This free webinar is available to students through The Graduate School's subscription to VersatilePhD.

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2022
    10:00 am to 11:00 am

    Converting Your CV to a High-Impact Resume

    Are you considering a career outside academia? If so, you will need to convert your curriculum vitae (CV) into a résumé, and this session will show you how. In addition to learning the differences between an academic CV and a résumé, you will learn specific steps and strategies to help you craft a résumé that effectively promotes your qualifications in a way that appeals to a broad audience. 

  • Wednesday, March 23, 2022
    11:00 am to 11:30 am

    Alum Zoom: Five Career Questions with Julie Martin, Ph.D., Impact Tracking Program Delivery Manager at McKinsey and Company

    As part of a series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke Ph.D. students and postdocs, we'll feature Julie Martin, Ph.D. '17 (Psychology), Impact Tracking Program Delivery Manager at McKinsey & Company. Julie launched her career after graduation in institutional research and assessment with Temple University and has since transitioned to the private sector with roles at YPO, PowerMyLearning, and now McKinsey.

  • Wednesday, March 23, 2022
    12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

    Senior Leadership Insights: A Conversation with Lori Lehman, Ph.D., Former Vice President, Gilead Sciences

    Lori Lehman, Ph.D.’83 (Chemistry) has almost 40 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, including leadership roles at firms such as Schering-Plough, Amylin, RiboGene and Gilead Sciences. During her career, Dr. Lehman led several research and development projects and managed collaborative relationships with large and small pharmaceutical companies and academic research groups. Through the end of 2021, Dr. Lehman served as Vice President for Research Strategy and Portfolio Management at Gilead. She will be joined in conversation by Dr. Katherine Franz, Alexander Hehmeyer Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry.

  • Friday, March 25, 2022
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Cover Letter Workshop for Humanities and Social Sciences

    Cover letters are very common in the U.S. and provide you with an opportunity to communicate both why you are interested and how you can contribute to the organization’s success. In this workshop, you will discover what employers are really looking for, how to analyze a job description and create a persuasive cover letter. The focus of this session will be on non-faculty positions. Facilitator: Nora Nunn, PhD '20 (English), International Technical Associate at Education Development Center (EDC).

  • Friday, March 25, 2022
    3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    Research Collaboration: A Path Beyond the Academy

    In this PhD Pathways seminar, Dr. Melissa M. Moore (Ph.D. Communication, University of Buffalo, 2021) will talk about her own career path, tips for managing the uncertainty that comes with the job search, and practical points for translating PhD skills into jobs outside academia. This free webinar is available to students through The Graduate School's subscription to VersatilePhD.

  • Tuesday, April 5, 2022
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Women in STEM with Zen Succulent

    Join a conversation with Duke alumnae about women in STEM all while building your own terrarium.

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