Career Center

Graduate Students

In choosing a Duke graduate program, you have come a long way toward understanding yourself. Yet you are not a finished product, and your graduate school experience will transform you in significant ways, deepening your knowledge and self-understanding. Earning an advanced degree is a foundation for further intellectual and personal growth, and a pathway to discovering multiple career options. Use the resouces below to explore, expand and take advantage of your opportunities.

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Counseling for Graduate Students
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Career counseling is an ongoing service available to all Duke graduate students. Meetings are scheduled in advance, one hour long, and many students benefit from a series of conversations occurring over time.

Our role is help you add to the unique background you bring here to Duke the skills to create and maintain meaningful experiences and relationships with a new set of mentors, colleagues and potential employers. We assist you in preparing and achieving your future career goals whether they are to find employment or to prepare for another degree program.

Many of you have ideas about future employment and locations clearly in view and have mapped out the steps you will take to make the transition from graduate study to the workforce.  Others of you will want to revisit your priorities and goals during your graduate career because for you, earning an advanced degree is not a career answer, but rather a foundation for career options.  Some of the questions that will come up in appointments include:

  • How can I get the mentoring I need while at Duke?
  • How can I make use of my experience coordinating a conference for my faculty advisor?
  • Where can I locate internship opportunities beyond eRecruiting?
  • What are my options if I decide to qualify for a master’s degree instead of a PhD?
  • Should I describe all my projects and/or list all my publications on my resume?
  • How can I reorganize my resume to break into a new sector with my degree?
  • I hope to find a faculty position in the Pacific Northwest. How can I achieve this goal?
  • As an international student, I’ve heard that my search for employment in the US may be extremely difficult. Is this true?






Drop-In Advising for Graduate Students
What Is Drop-In Advising?

The Graduate School
When classes are in session (fall and spring semesters)
Smith Warehouse, Bay 5, 2nd floor
Tuesday & Wednesday 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Check our Events Calendar for additional Drop-in Advising at alternate locations.

Master of Engineering Management, Master of Engineering, and Master of Science in Engineering Students

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in 1428A CIEMAS
Hours announced in the weekly email sent via listservs every Monday.

Get Advice from Duke Alumni & Professionals

One of the best way to learn about career possibilities, professional expectations, making decisions (and whatever additional questions you might develop) is to speak to professionals who are willing to share their insights. University alumni are a fantastic resource for career-related conversations and these networks exist to help Dukies connect.
LinkedIn Duke University Alumni Network

Networking Opportunities

Networking with Duke Alumni & Professionals
Networking includes initiating and attending to professional relationships. You're likely already familiar with the power of professional academic networks as a source of relationships, learning, and opportunity. The resources listed below help you to effectively immerse yourself in the professional community to which you aspire.
Networking Guide
LinkedIn Duke University Alumni Network

Networking Events
The Career Center hosts opportunities throughout the year to meet and interact with professionals across a variety of professions. We particularly recommend these:
 Career Fairs (take note of the NC Master's & Ph.D. Career Fair and the Master's & Ph.D. Virtual Career Fair)
 Fannie Mitchell Expert in Residence Program
 Careers Beyond Academia Series (selected events, continues through spring 2015)
 Academic Job Search Series (selected events, begins again in fall 2015)

Employer Information Sessions
Employers visit campus throughout the year to present about their companies and meet students; some travel specifically to meet Master's and Ph.D. candidates.
Employer Information Sessions

Career Center Skills Guides

Looking to write a resume, cv, or cover letter? Preparing for an interview? Seeking ways to understand how your strengths connect to a future workplace? This series of guides will get you started.
Career Center Skills Guides

Skills Workshops for Graduate Students

Converting a CV to a Resume for Graduate Students
Non-academic employers typically request that applicants provide a focused 1-2 page resume instead of a more exhaustive CV.  What are the essential accomplishments to include in a resume? How do you identify the relevant qualifications that highlight the best of what you have to offer? In this workshop you’ll learn how to convert your CV into a focused, tailored resume 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.

Cover Letter Writing for Graduate Students
According to employers, job applicants who write persuasive cover letters can surge ahead in the competition for interviews. Cover letters are your opportunity to expand on the information in your resume, tell your story for an employer in a way that makes it explicit how and why you would add value to their organization, and illustrate your communication and persuasion skills all at once.  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.

Online Tools & Resources

Use these key Career Center tools:
Duke eRecruiting (Job and internship postings for Duke students with a company and contact directory)
The Versatile Ph.D. (Advice and examples of career options beyond academia)
CareerBeam (Interactive tools to help with your career search from initial curiosity  to final negotiation)

Network to learn from professionals in the field:
Duke University Alumni Network on LinkedIn
Duke University Graduate School Group on LinkedIn
Alternative PhD Careers LinkedIn Group
PhD Careers Outside of Academia
Vitae, The Chronicle of Higher Education Career Hub