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Know Thyself: Using ImaginePhD

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Socrates noted, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Yet in academic life we offer ourselves little time for reflection on the relationship between the ways we spend our time each day and how those temporal investments serve our long-term goals (or not). Spend an hour getting to know yourself better with ImaginePhD, a free online tool that helps you assess your skills and interests as well as examine your values. ImaginePhD can help you surface gaps between your skills—the things you’re good at doing—and your interests—the activities that bring you satisfaction. Armed with that self-knowledge, you can make a plan to grow in the skills that matter to you. We'll spend our time in this workshop identifying next steps that you can take after completing the Interests, Skills, and Values assessment in ImaginePhD.

All participants should plan to complete those assessments prior to the workshop; each one takes approximately 10-15 minutes. ImaginePhD is designed for PhD students and recent alumni in the social sciences and humanities, but this workshop is open to all Graduate School students and postdocs. A Zoom link will be shared with confirmed registrants.

This workshop is part of the Careers Beyond Academia series sponsored by The Graduate School, Duke Career Center, and the Office of Postdoctoral Services. Questions? Contact The Graduate School's professional development team at

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Event Category

  • Professional Development
  • Professional Adaptability
  • Self Awareness
  • Careers Beyond Academia