When I applied to be a Career Ambassador last year, I was excited to support other undergraduates in their career development. I’ve had experiences helping my peers through tutoring or mentoring before, and I enjoy offering advice to friends, acquaintances, and strangers. What I didn’t expect was for this role to help me just as much as I was able to help others.
My weekly activities include dedicated Drop-in Career Advising hours, where students ask for help with their resumes, cover letters, and even career trajectory. On top of that, I’ve worked on other projects such as writing blog posts about my internship experiences and reaching out to fascinating Duke alumni to conduct informational interviews and podcasts about their career paths.
As I reviewed other students’ resumes and cover letters, I learned how to improve my own documents. I became more confident in my abilities. Through Career Center projects, I interacted with Duke alumni pursuing all kinds of unique career paths. I was even introduced to new opportunities. Above all, I developed a close and lasting relationship with the Career Center advisers, who are invested in my development, career and personal.
The best part of being a Career Ambassador has been interacting with Duke students, from first-year to senior, from biomedical researcher to consultant to photojournalist. I continue to be astounded by how amazing our student body is, how dedicated and smart and eager to achieve we are. They’ve inspired me to learn more and be fearless in the projects I undertake. They’ve taught me not to view myself and my career through just one lens; I can find ways to pursue all of my interests simultaneously.
The Career Ambassador role has been a unique and special part of my Duke experience. In a way, it’s similar to the summer I spent as a tour guide for prospective students. Both experiences led me to discover more about the small yet vast universe of Duke University, and to appreciate the diverse, united community of students who make our little universe so enjoyable.