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.
We offer resources and services for students enrolled in the Duke Graduate School, Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, Duke Divinity School, and Duke’s Master of Biostatistics program. We work with students who are interested in careers in academia as well as all other sectors. Additionally, we work with faculty and staff around the university who are interested in the professional development of students.
Academic & Non-academic Careers
The Career Center supports students who are planning for any type of career, including jobs as tenure-track faculty or in private industry, government, non-profits, start-ups, and anywhere in between. Our experienced counselors help students to explore how different careers suit them and how to conduct multiple, simultaneous job and internship searches in different fields.
We co-sponsor two series with the Duke Graduate School and the Duke Office of Postdoctoral Services: the Academic Job Search Series and Careers Beyond Academia. Each series will be offered for an academic year and will be followed by the other series the next academic year. You can watch videos of events held in previous years on the Duke Postdoc Services YouTube channel. Many events are co-sponsored for Engineering Master's students as well.
During these events, you will build a range of career-related competencies. Workshops are usually 60 to 90 minutes long and are intended to give you practice on topics such as preparing for a career fair and interviewing. You can find and register for these events in CareerConnections or take a look at the schedule on the Duke Event Calendar.
Departments, programs, and student groups can also request workshops through an online form.
Duke graduate students are automatically subscribed to our newsletters, which are tailored to individual student’s interests. Our newsletters contain information on jobs, internships and events as well as insights about different careers and the search process.
Drop-in Advising is the best way to get immediate and ongoing feedback on your resumes, CVs and other documents. You can also ask any quick career questions, learn about the Career Center, and our resources. You'll spend 10 to 15 minutes with an adviser, so don't hesitate to organize your thoughts in advance to make the most of the time!
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We offer 45-minute appointments to meet with students to talk about career exploration and planning (appointments are 30 minutes for Engineering Master's students). You can schedule an appointment online in CareerConnections.
In counseling appointments, we can talk about topics such as
- Exploring different career options
- Understanding which careers suit your skills, values, and interests
- Connecting with professionals in different industries (networking)
- Searching for jobs, internships, postdocs, VAPs, etc.
- Practicing interviewing
- Negotiating offers