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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