Hey Duke! Happy Thursday! Can you believe that it’s already February? This first year of college has really flown by for me. So much has happened and I’ve really acquired a lot of life skills that I feel ready to put to use. Some people are looking forward to the summertime because of the increased free time and ability to visit with old friends. While all of that definitely applies to me as well, I think what I’m most looking forward to is the opportunity to have a job in a line of work that aligns with my career goals for the future!
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 online and it is more of an information session versus a recruitment session. 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.
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.
First years, are you still looking for a something awesome to do this summer? Well, you are in luck, we have quite a few different ideas and resources to keep you preoccupied this summer and allow you the opportunity to grow and develop professionally!
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
Hey Duke Students! Today, is a really exciting day for me. Not too long ago, I was feeling overwhelmed by the pressure of finding an internship in my small hometown, in order to eliminate the cost of living elsewhere. I felt forced to live at home and find work experience close by in order to eliminate extra living costs. But, a fellow co-worker of mine just informed me about the Duke Career Center Internship Funding Program!
Your first summer at Duke is a great time to explore interests that you haven’t been able to tryout. You may be considering an experience that will cover a wide range of interests, give you great transferable skills, and a provide real world or life changing perspectives. The best advice we can give you is to not put too much pressure on your first-year summer. We want you to do something you enjoy, find meaningful, or that's practical so you develop skills, but it does not have to be a fancy internship at a large cooperation.
Hey there Duke students! I hope the Spring semester is treating you well so far. I’m definitely busy with classes, clubs, and Career Center blogging, but I think I’ve finally found my groove. With everything settling in at school, I feel less stressed than I did last semester. It feels like I’ve got a handle on my life, both school and social. But… one thing is still looming over my head like a dark and scary rain cloud. The thought of internships.
As you are exploring different opportunities for your upcoming summer experience, especially first years, it is never too early to start preparing for interviews. The Career Center provides a variety of resources to guide you in interview prep such as the STAR method approach to answering behavioral based interview questions and sample