General Professional Development

Being: Persistent | Duke Catalyst

Ashleigh Smith is a graduate of the Trinity School of Arts, class of 2020. She reflects on her first-year post-Duke and what it was like grounding her career as a woman of color in a field that didn’t have many …

By KJ Juett
KJ Juett Catalyst Fellow
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Duke Catalyst: What Are You Good At? What Do You Like? What Can You Get Paid For?

“I finished? I finished.” Did you utter these words after that final assignment, that last presentation, that closing meeting, or that thesis you’ve been working on for months? Chances are we all do when we finish our academic journey at …

By KJ Juett
KJ Juett Catalyst Fellow
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How Entrepreneur Mark Cuban Rebounds From Career Setbacks

Recently Fuqua School of Business Dean Bill Boulding interview serial entrepreneur Mark Cuban for a Fuqua Alumni event. Over a lifetime of entrepreneurship and taking risks, billionaire and NBA owner Mark Cuban has rebounded from more than a few setbacks – getting fired …

By Greg Victory (he/him/his)
Greg Victory (he/him/his) Assistant VP Student Affairs/Fannie Mitchell Executive Director, Career Center
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The Idealist Guide to Working (and Living) with Chronic Illness and Disability

There are myriad stories on the internet about different health experiences—be it chronic illness, disability, mental health struggles, or some combination of the three. But from the perspective of a person who wants to have an impactful career, there is …

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Leadership Lessons from 15 Women Founders & CEOs

At the time of writing, women are the CEOs of 41 companies of the Fortune 500; for anyone not looking to do math today, that's about 8%. And that distressingly low number is actually higher than its ever been. The …

By Firsthand
We help applicants, students, job-seekers and professionals like you find the right career path using the power of firsthand experiences.
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Career Readiness Resources

Duke Catalyst

Before declaring your major, before your first job, before that interview, before you leave Duke what are you doing to …

What’s Career Got To Do With It? Podcast

A much-loved podcast brought to you by four Career Center team members who hope to provide a space for honest …

Featured Courses

Project Management Reinvented for Non-Project Managers

Taught by Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez
View Antonio’s LinkedIn Newsletter Over the past few years, organizations have seen a significant increase in the number of projects,…

Agile at Work: Planning with Agile User Stories

Taught by Joshua Barnes
Agile project teams use a technique called user stories for their requirements and planning their work. In this course, follow…

Agile User Experience Design and Research

Taught by Eric Nordquist
In this course, learn how UX design and research can fit smoothly into agile workflows and frameworks. Instructor Eric Nordquist…

How to Get a Job in Web3 and Blockchain

Taught by Anthony Day
Blockchain technology and Web3 are transforming the way economies, businesses, and applications run worldwide, and there is a steadily increasing…

Lean Six Sigma for a Sustainable Future

Taught by Tina Agustiady
Do you feel that your organization suffers from one or many inefficient processes that add additional costs to operations, reduce…

How to Motivate Your Sales Teams

Taught by Lisa Earle McLeod
As a sales leader, you know you need to win the hearts and minds of your team members, but how…

Nano Tips to Foster a Growth Mindset and Mental Agility with Shadé Zahrai

Taught by Shadé Zahrai
Welcome to our Nano Tips series, where LinkedIn Learning creators deliver impactful lessons in literally seconds. In this installment award-winning…

Nano Tips to Sharpen Your Critical Thinking with Shadé Zahrai

Taught by Shadé Zahrai
Welcome to our Nano Tips series, where LinkedIn Learning creators deliver impactful lessons in literally seconds. In this installment, explore…

Mindfulness: A Critical Skill for Project Managers

Taught by Ruth Pearce
View Ruth’s LinkedIn Newsletter In the field of project management, there has been heightened attention on the value of interpersonal…

Project Resource Management

Taught by Claudine Peet
Resource management can make or break your project. Secure an insufficient amount of money, equipment, or, most importantly, staff, and…

Microsoft Certifications: Exams, Paths, Certifications, and Resources

Taught by David Elfassy
The Microsoft Certification program has helped countless individuals enhance their careers in technology. With different levels of certifications, hundreds of…

Vulnerability: The Workplace Superpower Disguised as a Weakness

Taught by Macmillan Publishers
No matter how much you may wish it so, you can’t be amazing at everything. Enter the most misunderstood workplace…

How to Be an Effective Project Sponsor

Taught by Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez
View Antonio’s LinkedIn Newsletter The project sponsor is one of the most vital roles in any project, especially those that…

Designing a Presentation

Taught by Tony Harmer
Perhaps the most essential skill for all knowledge workers, sales professionals, business owners, and educators is the ability to design…

Project Manager to Project Motivator: Unlock the Secrets of Strengths-Based Project Management

Taught by Ruth Pearce
Instead of just managing tasks or managing people, wouldn’t it be great to really motivate your team to do and…

Advanced Facebook Advertising

Taught by Michael Taylor
If you’re in marketing, the only thing worse than not having a social media marketing strategy is having a bad…

Finding New Career Paths with SQL

Taught by Nikiya Simpson
The SQL language is widely used and can be applied to a variety of technical fields such as data warehousing,…

UX DesignOps: Working with Developers

Taught by Dee Sadler
While UX teams typically work well with product teams, it’s a little less intuitive when UX teams must work closely…

Hybrid Project Management: Do What Works

Taught by Cyndi Snyder Dionisio
The field of project management is evolving rapidly. Successful project managers know how to leverage predictive approaches, such as waterfall,…

3ds Max to Unreal Engine Workflow and Troubleshooting

Taught by Brian Bradley
If you have 3D designs that you want to take from 3ds Max and make interactive, you’ve probably already explored…
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