If you’re like me, up until Duke, the word, networking, invoked mental images of electricity circuits more than anything else. Even once I got to Duke, it just wasn’t in my nature to take the sort of career-oriented steps that networking requires. If anything, I found networking unnatural and impersonal; I wanted to gain opportunities based on my merit, not on who I knew.
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
Whether vying for a job, an internship, a scholarship, or even admission to graduate or professional school, interviewing is likely to be part of the process, and for many, the most difficult part. After all, how can you prepare to answer questions when you don’t know what they are? Any interview will require a degree of improvisation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare. In fact, preparing and finding the confidence to ace your interview is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4.
You’re studying engineering–whether mechanical, biomedical, civil, chemical…the answer to that question has endless possibilities.
Did you know that Roush Fenway Racing’s NASCAR driver, Ryan Newman, graduated from Purdue University with a degree in mechanical engineering? While it wasn’t a direct line to his dream of becoming a race car driver, he is quoted in a Purdue College of Engineering News article “Educated racer” as saying, “Because of my schooling, I have a common language with the engineers on my team. We understand each other. So when we go to make a change on the race car, we are more likely to do it the right way the first time, and that definitely helps the entire team.”
Both roles use data, coding, business acumen, and statistics to answer business related questions from the huge amount of data available. The major differences between the roles is:
The way they apply the skills they have
The extent of technical knowledge and education they possess
CHALLENGE: Lack of understanding the U.S. job search.
Senior year can be an overwhelming time. All of a sudden you have to focus on more than academics - you also have to begin thinking about the big, bad future. Your career. Your job. Your life. Luckily, Our Career Center offers the services you need to make the process a bit easier. The trick is knowing how to use them. Looking back on my senior year, I now recognize what tools are most helpful for a senior on the job prowl.
Graduating students will soon take their first steps down career paths that may take unforeseen directions. In his 30 years as a college career counselor, William Wright-Swadel has picked up some wisdom about the road ahead for soon-to-be graduates, which he shared in a live "Office Hours" webcast interview on Friday, April 5.