Class of 2020 Career Updates

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Christina Plante, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center


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Greetings Class of 2020! Are you figuring out what to get involved in? Want to connect with people who are doing things you are interested in? Or, maybe figure out what your interests and strengths even are. I am Christina Plante, a Career Counselor who leads the First-Year and Sophomore Initiative, in the Career Center, and I want to tell you how and why you should take advantage of your Career Center while at Duke.

 The purpose of this initiative is to save you time and stress by understanding early what

career development

is, how you can use it now to guide your career decisions, and how you can continue to use these skills after Duke. We have broken this process down into four areas including know yourself, investigate options, understand experience, and search strategically. Think about this approach as a wheel. You will most likely to go through several rotations as you make career choices.

decision making process -know yourself, investigate options, understand experience, and search strategically

Career Development/Decision-Making Process

During advising appointments, we look at what you are interested in, explore your likes and dislikes, identify skills you prefer to use and ones you want to develop, and reflect on past experiences to guide future decisions. We also examine how your strengths can impact your interest areas, how your personality can direct certain work environments, and how your personal values guide career choices.

We will talk about some big questions like what is your purpose? What gives you energy? And what do you care about? This will most likely get you thinking critically and deeply about where and how you choose to spend your time.  We also address your specific job search related questions about resumes, cover letters, networking, interviewing, and more! Our best advice is that you focus on being open to opportunities, build a Board of Directors, learn how to talk about yourself and experiences to others, and not be afraid to fail along the way. Check out our

to learn more.

I am excited to provide you with some great information that will guide you through developing your career goals and explore what’s is going on at Duke for first years. Each month I will provide information in the following categories.

1)    Feature
Address common career questions from first-year students. This could range from “How do I build my board of directors?” to “I am interested in many areas and don’t know how to narrow in on what matters most to me.”

2)    Investigate Options
Explore and gain exposure to careers and industries you haven’t heard of. Learn how to research different fields of interests and evaluate if it is a good fit for you. Become an expert on reaching out, communicating and following up with professionals who are in your interest areas.

3)    Experiential Opportunities
Identify relevant experiences besides internships for you to try out something you like over the summer or during the semester that you can add to your resume. Highlight opportunities such as research, student groups/organizations, leadership, DukeList postings, experiential programs like DukeEngage and more.

4)    Career Events
Feature relevant upcoming events put on by the Career Center or other departments that facilitate and enhance your career development process.

5)    Employer Corner
A quick snap shot of internship experiences open to first years from Career Center databases such as INet, UCAN, and CareerConnections. Will also include relevant fellowship and scholarship opportunities.

This blog will be highlighted in the weekly Career News email and other Career Center communication.

I will add links to issues below so bookmark this page, if you would like to check back.

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