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
Class of 2022, now that classes have ended and you’re out for the summer, you probably have fun and amazing things planned this summer to occupy your time. Have you thought about exploring new skills, hobbies, or interests? If you haven’t, take some time and think about what you would like to try within the next 30 days–then actually do it!
This will give you a chance to learn something new and exciting, add to your personal story as you begin to share those with different individuals, and of course you can add it to the awesome things you’ve accomplished this summer!
I recommend this brief, three minute TEDx Talk by Matt Cutts. It will give you some inspiration and good examples, watch Try Something New For 30 Days.
If you have an interest in sports, statistics, and/or computer science and you missed Charlie Rolf’s lunch presentation, you missed a real treat! During his presentation, Charlie talked about his path to the NBA, the exciting work he does, answered student questions, and stayed behind to connect with students.
Common feedback we receive from first-year students is wishing they knew about some of our Career Center resources earlier. To eliminate this, we have compiled our most relevant and sought-after resources that will help you explore career options, get started looking for experiential opportunities, and stay informed.