What It Means to be a Career Ambassador

A Devil's Perspective. Martha Hagan '21

Serving as a Career Ambassador this last year has been both a fulfilling and enriching experience. As a Career Ambassador, I had the opportunity to receive support, training, and mentorship from Career Center advisers, help my peers with resumes and cover letters, and develop my speaking, writing, and career-development skills. For me, it was one of the best parts of Duke. 

Working at the Career Center allowed me to meet and form relationships with the advisers. I entered the position without any expertise on resumes and cover letters, but the staff held a series of extremely informative trainings that included practice and observational time. In this position, we're also assigned a mentor. My mentor was especially helpful while I was deciding on my post-grad job and during the acceptance process. The mentorships and relationships I had with the advisers were my favorite part of the job.  

I greatly enjoyed the bulk of my work as an Ambassador–doing Drop-in Career Advising hours. As an Ambassador we were able to meet lots of students, learn about their studies and future career goals, and then help them with their documents. Watching the resume transform was super rewarding! I've been able to take this skill and help my friends and family with their resumes, too.  

Moreover, the content that I learned in this position is information that will be useful for the rest of my life. I will always need to know how to correctly craft resumes and cover letters and how to effectively complete an informational interview. I gained lots of experience in networking, remote-working, presenting, communicating, and blog-writing. I'm forever grateful for the career development this job provided! 

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