At the Career Center, advisers often hear students share the number of positions they’ve applied to during their searches: 50, 100, 200, or even more! While this approach may seem like it would be effective, in reality, that’s not often the case.
Hi sophomores! These are answers to questions we typically receive from students who are in their sophomore year. Hopefully, this will provide you with some
answers to questions you may have or provide guidance.
1. What does the Career Center do?
A huge component of the job and internship search process is the interview! As you are drafting and perfecting your application materials, interview prep can fall between the cracks and you may not think about it until you have an interview coming up.
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.
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!
Take a look at 7 frequently asked questions I have received this spring/summer, these questions vary from following up with employers, preparing for online interviews, and connecting with alums.
Q: I’ve submitted applications to positions but I haven’t heard back from the recruiters, is it ok for me follow-up?
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.
Conducting a job search can be difficult even during normal circumstances. Now, given the current situation with COVID-19, navigating a search may be even more challenging. However, there are resources and people that can help you.
The Career Center wants you to be prepared and empowered for an offer discussion. Whether you’re in an internship now and seeking a return offer or gearing up for fall recruiting, the steps below will help you advocate for yourself in the process when it’s time for an offer conversation.
1. Know what’s important to you