Debunking Career Center Myths

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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
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myth or fact?

Class of 2022, many of you may have heard myths about the Career Center or you have preconceived thoughts on the purpose of the Career Center, the services we provide, and the students we serve. Now, it is time to see if what you know about the Career Center is myth or fact! Please take a look at some of the most common myths of the Career Center as they are debunked with facts and as always, please feel free to schedule an appointment with an adviser to learn more and also so we can assist you as you are designing your Duke!

Myth:

The Career Center only helps business students.  

Fact: 

On the contrary, the Career Center helps all students with a wide variety of interests. Our undergraduate career advisers are all generalists but also represent STEM, Energy, Environment, Arts, Media, Entertainment, Nonprofit, Government, Law, Prehealth, as well as all areas of Business. We strive to bring in speakers from different industries, highlight jobs and industries you might not have heard about and seek out diverse employers to recruit on campus and post jobs. We work with you to explore the wide range of industries and roles that exist now and prepare you for what might exist in the future.

Myth

The Career Center only helps with resumes.

Fact: 

We work with students to explore career options, understand their skills, strengths, personality, values, and interests, reflect on past experiences, research opportunities and resources related to their needs, navigate the search and application process, and build relationships.

Myth

The Career Center is only for pre-professional juniors and seniors. 

Fact

Even your Dean of Students knows, “the Career Center is actually an incredibly valuable component of the vast advising network at Duke and provides advice and support well beyond information related to the job market.  Students should actually visit the Career Center during their freshman year, as the folks there will help lay the groundwork for a student's entire time at Duke” - Sue Wasiolek, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.   

And, Fact: 

The Career Center is for all students especially first years! We aim to help you go from curiosity to clarity and assist with managing and navigating your Duke experience. Whether you are unsure what career you want or have an idea, we can help you explore your values, goals, skills, and interests in order to identify and realize your aspirations. The way you approach Duke instills the habits and methods you will use to manage your career. We want you to use Duke as a laboratory to practice and learn how to design your career and ultimately your life.

Myth

People with humanities or liberal arts degrees have trouble finding jobs because they don't have any marketable skills.  

Fact:

People with humanities majors or liberal arts degrees have a wide variety of skills such as writing, communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and cultural awareness. They also possess interdisciplinary skills outside of the humanities. Liberal arts graduates have the flexibility to use the Duke curriculum to design and configure the type of academic experience they want and select co-curricular experiences that broaden their interests. The versatile skills you will gain are highly marketable and make you qualified for a variety of jobs, industries, and fields. Our advisers can help you identity and communicate these skills to different audiences.  

Myth:

Career Fairs are the only way to engage with the Career Center—and the only employers present are business and tech.

Fact:

Other ways to engage with the Career Center are one-on-one appointments, weekly Drop-in Advising, skills workshops (resumes, cover letters, job search, interviewing, networking, and career fair preparation), Fannie Mitchell Expert in Residence program, Fyrst Contact program, internship events, practice interview days, diversity dinners, employer information sessions, and more! Through these various activities, you have the opportunity to learn about many industries and employers.

Don't forget to schedule an appointment with an adviser in CareerConnections to learn more and we can work together as you are designing your Duke!

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