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Professional Development

The Graduate School's professional development programs enhance graduate student and postdoctoral success by providing academic and career support, mentoring, and co-curricular experiences.

Signature Programs

Our signature Professional Development programs help you develop a foundation for long-term scholarly and professional success. We offer innovative programs for careers in industry and academia as well as writing, teaching, and research support to enrich your personal and professional satisfaction during your time at NC State and beyond.

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Mission, Goals, and Learning Objectives

The mission of the Graduate School’s Professional Development Initiative is promote the academic success, career satisfaction, and personal and professional wellness for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars across the disciplines.

Our programs increase doctoral completion and reduce time to degree by providing mentoring, community experiences, co-curricular opportunities, and professional training. By participating in the Graduate School’s Professional Development programs, students and postdocs will be able to:

  • Engage in interdisciplinary academic and professional communities.
  • Chart a career pathway that draws on personal strengths and disciplinary knowledge.
  • Write and communicate effectively for diverse audiences.
  • Develop a strategy for workforce readiness that enables professional edge and personal satisfaction.

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The vision of OPA is to enhance, support and promote the postdoctoral experience so that postdoctoral scholars can contribute effectively to the research and scholarly endeavors of NC State University, develop their professional skills more intently, and move on to rewarding and successful careers.

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Resources for Faculty

The Professional Development team is eager to partner with faculty across campus to provide systematic professional development support for graduate students. Our team can work with you individually to develop strategies for mentoring graduate student writers, integrating writing and communication more explicitly into graduate curricula, designing graduate-level assignments, and more. Request a conversation with a member of our team, a targeted workshop, or a class visit.