The Career Center provides services, programs, events, online tools and resources for undergraduates, graduate students and alumni up to four years after graduation from Trinity College, Duke's Pratt School of Engineering and the Graduate School.
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Mission, Values and Goals
Our mission is to serve the Duke Community as the comprehensive career center committed to the education and development of the whole person, integrating academic, personal and career development.
The Duke University Career Center contributes to this community of learning by engaging students and alumni in an ongoing examination and pursuit of what is meaningful and valuable in their lives. The Career Center provides opportunities for individuals to explore the intersection of their education, values, goals, skills and experiences in order to identify and realize their aspirations. The Career Center supports individuals in their quest to integrate the many roles, public and private, that they will play throughout their lives. Its mission is to enhance individual resourcefulness and responsibility in career development.
Encourage all students and alumni toward intellectual, social, physical and cultural development in the realm of professional and career identity through free, open inquiry and critical reflection of experiences. We promote an ethical and compassionate view of the world that acknowledges the value of diverse identities and supports students application of their learning in service to society.
Collaborate with all students and alumni on a curriculum of career development as an integrated and life-long process of personal, professional and academic decision-making.
Create a supportive, safe, responsive, respectful and equitable environment within which all students and alumni are taught to explore options based on individual capabilities, interests and values.
Facilitate and maintain communication with all constituents, locally, nationally and internationally, to ensure provision of relevant and effective services.
Recognize, value and encourage a range of career exploration and learning options and services that provide the necessary human, technological and information resources to support career exploration in an ever-changing environment.
Utilize a collaborative approach to facilitating partnerships across campus and external communities that support the process of career exploration and learning through a range of innovative processes for connecting students’ personal, academic and career goals to academic, extracurricular, experiential and professional opportunities.
Provide access to appropriate human, technological and information resources to support career exploration in a dynamic marketplace.
Aspire to excellence, demonstrated by a commitment to high standards of professional conduct, continuous assessment and evaluation and improvement of client services, and leadership within the academic and professional community.
Ross Wade, Assistant Director, Pratt Professional Masters Programs
Megan Wilson, Program and Marketing Coordinator, Office Communication
Career Ambassador Team (CATs)
Now Recruiting for 2013-2014!
The Career Ambassador Team (CATs), is a group of para-professional Duke students trained to help you with various aspects of your job search and career development process. CATs can assist you with critiquing resumes and cover letters, advising on how to use pertinent resources, connecting with employers and alumni and more. CATs go through extensive training with Career Center advisors to be able to provide quality services.
The Benefits of Being a CAT:
• Gain in-depth knowledge about business correspondence such as resumes, cover letters, and thank you notes • Personally connect with career counselors and build a relationship with a career counselor mentor • Meet employers 1:1 at employer information sessions • Boost teambuilding, networking, and presentation skills • Develop internship and job search abilities • Access alumni and employers during hosting events such as the Career Fair, employer information sessions, and the Duke Career Conference • Provide valuable career advice to peers • Enhance leadership skills and your professional presence
CAT Responsibilities Include:
• Volunteer 5 hours per week to cover three primary activities. o Provide resume and cover letter reviews to peers during our drop-in hours (2 hours/week at the Career Center) o Assist employers at employer information sessions (occur in the evenings, approx. 2 hours/semester) o Attend weekly team meetings for training and planning (1 hour/week) • Additional activities CATs get to be involved with: o Collaborate with Career Center staff members on various projects and initiatives o Conduct interactive and informative presentations for student groups on career development topics o Help facilitate Career Fairs, CAT-Hosted Mock Interview Day, Internship Spotlight Series, and other Career Center events • Participate in New Member Spring Training (in March or April 2013) and our Fall Retreat on campus (August 2013, typically the Saturday or Sunday before classes start)
• Be a rising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior • Enjoy working on teams and assisting for the good of the Career Ambassador Team and the Career Center • Demonstrate good communication and time management skills • Open to giving and receiving constructive feedback to/from peers and staff • Offer enthusiasm, dependability, willingness to learn, and openness to new ideas • Display research skills and proactive curiosity that could be applied to investigating professional opportunities, employers and external partners, industry trends, etc. • Be willing and able to prioritize a leadership commitment to the Career Center
Application Information: • Complete the online application. Applications are due before Friday, March 1 at 5 p.m. • Interviews will be offered at the Career Center March 5, 6, and 7. You will be notified of your application status on Saturday, March 2. If you are invited to interview, you will know by that date. • CATs will be selected and notified by Wednesday, March 13. • Training and welcome activities for CATs, including Spring Training, will be held in March and/or April.
The Duke Career Center has a number of policies that guide students, recruiters, and others who access our many programs and services, and embraces the Duke Community Standard in all our work. Please review appropriate policies and let us know if you have any questions.