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Professional Development

Duke offers a number of professional development opportunities and resources for graduate students and postdocs alike, whether they plan to pursue a career in or outside of academia. Additionally, there are are a number of resources to support them during their time at Duke (e.g., responsible conduct of research training, teaching training, and writing support). For a comprehensive listing of available resources, check out the Graduate School site on this topic. New resources are constantly being added. If you have an idea for a workshop/event geared towards professional development, you can apply for a grant to support your program.

The Office of Postdoctoral Services has compiled a list of professional development resources, including job listing sites, resume/CV development tips, and work-life balance information. The office also provides individual career counseling (including resume, CV, cover letter, research/teaching statement critiques, and mock interviews) for Postdoctoral Associates and Postdoctoral Scholars. Email Molly Starback, Director, for an appointment.

Duke’s Career Hub is an incredibly valuable resource for graduate students and postdocs, offering a variety of events, career consultations, and other resources. For professional development and networking, you can also connect with alumni via the Duke Alumni Network and Ask a Blue Devil program.

For those interested in employment options during your time at Duke, International House has prepared resources on finding on-campus jobs.