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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center

I am doing a lot of work assisting first-year students in making the most of the Career Center and put together this list of some important things that many students wish they knew in their first year at Duke.

Whether you are a first year or not, this is important information for you.

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A Devil's Perspective. Joyce Wang '19

I first joined the Career Ambassador (CA) Team at the Career Center as a rising sophomore that really marked the beginning of my career development journey at Duke. I came across someone tabling for CA application in front of marketplace during freshman spring semester and out of whim, I applied and was later accepted as a CA.

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Blog Author:
Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
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Class of 2022, I know it feels like just yesterday you were attending orientation and trying to get acclimated to your new environment and with the blink of an eye, your first year of college went right before your eyes.

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Bill Wright-Swadel, Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs and Fannie Mitchell Executive Director Duke Career Center
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Skills, not major are what matter along with developing the competencies necessary to thrive in a dynamic environment, whether it be Duke University or a changing work world!

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Sandra Martinez-Zuniga
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That is one of my favorite questions to ask my students at Duke. I ask it because Durham is the home of Duke University and because so many exciting things are happening here. I also ask this question to help my students reflect on something very important: how are they a part of a larger community, and what

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Sandra Martinez-Zuniga, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center
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It is when we encounter change and challenges that we grow and learn the most. Transitions can be scary but they also provide amazing opportunities. Think of your transition into elementary school - well, you might not remember back that far - but think about the skill it took you to adapt to a whole new world: teachers, recess, new friends, new interactions.

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Nathan Wilson, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center

 

Taking a gap year (or two) before entering medical school is becoming increasingly common. While some refer to the gap period as time off, this is misleading. Taking time between your undergraduate experience and medical school can be a worthwhile investment in yourself and thus, your future. Gap periods can be spent in any number of ways depending on your strength of candidacy, life goals, and professional aspirations. Here are some considerations for how to use your gap period, many of which can be done concurrently:

1. To Improve Your Credentials

Perhaps the most obvious choice would be to use this time period to strengthen your credentials for medical school. Before considering anything else for your gap period, make sure your GPA, MCAT score, and other application materials are where you want them to be.

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Jennifer Agor, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center
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You’ve probably heard the term “cybersecurity” and feel like you understand what that means.  As the world becomes more and more technical and interconnected (think Internet of Things) there is a greater need for protection and security with our private information, corporate data and research than ever before.  There’s also a need for workers in that

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 Jennifer Agor
Assistant Director,
Duke Career Center
STEM Undergrad Specialist

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