December 2012 Student Affairs Newsletter: Career Planning


Looking Back. Looking Forward.

Dear Faculty and Friends,

Somehow, December has arrived and the Fall semester is nearly over, save for a few last classes and exams! A lot has happened over the past few months that affect the entire campus. We've opened the Arts Annex to great success, begun construction on the quickly appearing Events Pavilion, and launched the renovation of the Bryan Center, just to name a few. We've experienced the highs and lows of student life, with an amazing array of student achievements vastly overshadowing the negatives. Our website (start at and our blog (, as well as our division and department social media sites are great places to find out about our programs and services, what's happening on campus, and the many people involved in creating Duke on a daily basis.

As students head home for the holidays, we are encouraging them to take at least some of that time away from school work to think about the future: assess their skills and interests, talk to friends and family, prepare for the spring semester, and take advantage of the many services provided by the Career Center and its partners around campus. January features our largest career fair and the Career Center is deep into its planning for the arrival of more than 100 potential employers for undergrads, graduate and professional students.

December brings holidays and renewal as well and we hope our students (and their faculty) enjoy time with family and friends, reflect on all they accomplished this past semester and return in January refreshed and ready for another engaging and fulfilling semester. Before we know it, the Spring semester will have begun. Winter Forum, fraternity and sorority rush, housing selection, the acceleration of West Union construction preparations, budget planning, preparations for summer conferences and youth camps, and much more is awaiting us upon our return.

We look forward to working closely with you to make the coming year a great one for everyone at Duke. Have a great winter break and we'll see you in 2013! Happy New Year!



Shifting Away fromWork Hard/Play Hard
by Gary Glass

For as along as I have been at Duke, I’ve often been perplexed by the Work Hard/Play Hard adage. These words not only fail to capture the intricacy that makes Duke students so reflective of the high standards of this university, the words have never been adequately defined to really provide anything that tells us who Duke students are, what they have to offer, and how their attributes contribute to this campus and this world.

I invite the community to consider discarding these words for four others that may be more useful to capturing the sophistication of the Duke communities.

Authenticity. Connection. Purpose. Harmony.

Perhaps they might help to guide us toward our potential and toward more worthy reflections of our individual selves and collective identity? Read more.

Undergraduate Research:A Student's Perspective
By Nonie Arora

Wondering what to do with your major? Students conducting undergraduate research learn the methods and practice of scholarly research that serve them in the career search. They focus on making an original intellectual or creative contribution to a discipline.

One recent project took Duke student Jack Matteucci to CERN where he joined other scientists working with data from the Large Hadron Collider. Read more.

Career Headlines

Duke students will have a lot to do and think about while at home. In addition to resting, visiting with friends and family, and catching up on movies or reading lists, most will also be considering their future plans.

We encourage you to look at the list of blog entries and resources listed below. Should a student come to you for advice, you may find these links helpful to both you and your student.

While You're at Home

Home is a great place to assess yourself and your interests, talk to people you trust, practice various skills and prepare for upcoming career fairs and other career related opportunities. Consider the items below while you are home.
--Uncover What Drives You
--What Can I Do WIth This Major?
--What if I don't feel ready to apply for jobs yet?
--Resume Preparation
--Interview Skills

When You're Back

Now that you're back at school, there a number of opportunities and resources at your finger tips that can really help you consider your next steps toward internships and careers.
--Duke eRecruiting
--Career Summer Opportunities Fair
--Online Tools and Resources
--Visit the Career Center