Design Your Future

Graduate Student Career Design Groups

Join the Duke Career Center for a 5-day series dedicated to career exploration led by career advisers.

Schedule: January 11-15, 2021, Exploration Section 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Job Search Section 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Delivery Method: Synchronous
Eligibility: The Career Center can provide this program for graduate students from Trinity College, Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, the Graduate School, the Divinity School, and the School of Medicine’s Master of Biostatistics and Population Health Sciences programs.
Team Lead: Rachel Coleman

This 5-day series is dedicated to career exploration and led by career advisers. Two groups will be offered: one focused on career exploration and one focused on immediate preparation for a job/internship search.

In the exploration group, students will learn how to: 

  • Clarify their professional goals
  • Connect their skills, interests, and values to a range of occupations
  • Make informed career decisions
  • Effectively connect with Duke alumni and other professionals
  • Build a strong career community to last a lifetime.

In the search group, students will learn how to:

  • Develop an effective job/internship search strategy
  • Set professional goals
  • Craft application materials
  • Enhance their professional network


  • Students will connect their skills, interests, and values to a variety of career options.
  • Students will discover numerous strategies to assist in their career exploration.
  • Students will identify transferable skills and connect those to what employers are seeking.
  • Students will set and reevaluate goals. 
  • Students will be able to replicate this process in the future and build lifelong career development skills. 
  • Students will learn about Career Center, campus, and other resources that can help with their job search.
  • Students will collaborate with peers to see that they are not alone in this process and that they can also be helpful with their peers.
Rachel Coleman

Originally from Pennsylvania, Rachel earned an undergraduate degree in education from Millersville University and went on to teach elementary school. After relocating to Florida, she completed a combined M.S./Ed.S. program in school and career counseling from Florida State University. While at Florida State, Rachel worked in the Career Center as an advisor, mock interview mentor, and instructor for the undergraduate career planning course. Following a move to New York, she spent over six years at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point helping military service members navigate their career transitions. Most recently, Rachel served as director of the career services program with the West Point Association of Graduates. 

Outside of work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, being outside, listening to music, and reading. 

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