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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
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As a first-year student, I’m sure you have heard something about the Career Center. Whether it was the orientation video that was shared with you, the student panels you attended during orientation week, or buzz around the Career Center Kickoff which occurred during Weeks of Welcome.

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Blog Author:
Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
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On behalf of the Duke University Career Center, I would like to extend a warm congratulations to you, Class of 2024! Woohoo, you’ve made it to Duke! Although this may not be the most typical start of an academic year, we are excited to have you join us and we look forward to serving you throughout your first year and beyond!

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Blog Author:
Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center

First years did you know that the Career Center has a program exclusively for you called Fyrst Contact? Well, we do, and it is an amazing program. This program connects first-year students with companies and employers who are interested in engaging with first years. Fyrst Contact is offered virtually and it is more of an information session versus a recruitment session. Keep in mind, some of the companies who participate are looking for interns and will provide that information during the session.
You can view and register for these sessions through CareerConnections.

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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center

Congratulations class of 2023, you made it through your first year at Duke! I hope that you were able to adjust well in your new environment, learn to navigate through some of your resources, and make new friends! As you are navigating your summer during these unprecedented times, we would like to make sure that you know the Career Center is available for you via remote access, even throughout the summer. We are here to guide you as you move forward this summer and as you think about what your sophomore year may bring. Take a look at these five things you can do to make sure you are spending your time wisely and preparing for your first semester as a sophomore.

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April was supposed to be my time. As someone who had decided to pursue a future career in policy and public sector jobs, I always knew that I wasn’t likely to start getting traction on the job front until late in the Spring semester of my senior year. For those of you who don’t know, for your average policy job, most seniors don’t get hired until April, May, or even later.

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Blog Author:
Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
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Many international students who are in the U.S. for school and are pursuing a job search may be thinking about staying in the country post-graduation, returning home to work, or moving to another country. If you fall into any one of these categories, your job search will undoubtedly have some unique challenges.

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Jennifer Agor, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center

THIS SUCKS—It's ok, you're allowed to say it. Even if people out there are losing their jobs, homeschooling their kids while trying to work from home, worrying about their business, their retirement, their health. No matter how bad anyone else has got it, IT STILL SUCKS.

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Blog Author:
Jennifer Agor, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center

As the impact of this situation starts to sink in and you’re able to think beyond the immediate “What the heck is happening in the world?”, I imagine one of the first things you’ll be thinking about is your summer plan.  In light of the uncertainty of things right now, the advisers at the Career Center put together a list of things you can do to build skills, make good use of your free time and create quality experiences for yourself, even without a summer internship, program, or external research opportunity.

We have tried to cover a wide range of experiences and majors below.

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Blog Author:
Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
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You survived your first semester at Duke and this spring semester has been unprecedented with the changes you have had to adapt with abruptly. I’m sure you may be thinking about the upcoming summer and wondering what you should be doing for Summer 2020. Guess what, you’re not alone. There are several first-year students who are curious about what they should be doing this summer.

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