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-awareness. Earning an advanced degree is a foundation for further intellectual and personal growth, and a pathway to discovering multiple career options.

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We support and encourage career exploration as well as partner with students who have decided and are planning for any type of career, including jobs as tenure-track faculty or in private industry, government, nonprofits, start-ups, and anywhere in between.  We are engaged in working with students to explore how different careers suit them and how to conduct multiple, simultaneous job and internship searches in different fields. Additionally, we work with faculty and staff around the university who are interested in the professional development of students.

Our experienced advisers are available to meet with students enrolled in the Duke Graduate School, Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, Duke Divinity School, Duke Medicine School’s Master of Biostatistics and Population Health Sciences programs. 

We work from a perspective that can be tailored for each individual and can be viewed as attaining a level three mastery in six aspects of career readiness:

   Self-Awareness   •   Goal Setting/Planning   •   Communication   •   Career Community   •   Career Search   •   Application Materials

The Milestones for career readiness are designed to help you identify where you are in your career development and determine your next steps. Each stage identifies things to know as well as suggested actions to take. As you transition from one stage to the next, it’s important to take time to reflect on where you are in the process and if you need to adapt plans before moving forward. 

See the Milestones for Career Readiness.

You can get started on your own or meet with us before you start and at any point, if you would like a thought partner or adviser to work through something, please schedule time to meet with a career adviser in CareerConnections

The Academic Job Search and Careers Beyond Academia series of events will be important for you to consider. We co-sponsor these series with the Duke Graduate School and the Duke Office of Postdoctoral Services. Videos from both series can be found on the Duke Postdoc Services YouTube channel. Many events are co-sponsored for Engineering Master's students as well. 

Please know that all of the resources and services available through our office are available to graduate students. Once you have gotten started, head back to the home page to find out about all the events, workshops, resources and services that are available to you as a Duke graduate student.